Álvaro Morata is the new Spain captain. The Atlético Madrid striker, who has 61 caps with La Roja, will share the responsibility with Dani Carvajal, who has been named as vice-captain.
“It’s incredible. I’ve been here with Dani since we were two kids. It’s a tremendous joy. Not to be captain, but to defend the shirt of my country. Our role now is to help the newcomers. There’s a fantastic group and we don’t need a lot of help, but that’s what it’s all about. If people need something they can count on us,” said Morata in quotes reported by AS.
Carvajal recalled the time Sergio Ramos and Andrés Iniesta welcomed him into the Spain camp, and says that he now has to welcome the newcomers. “I remember how Iniesta and Ramos welcomed me. Now it’s our turn. I take the responsibility with great pride,” the defender said.
President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) Luis Rubiales also spoke about the captaincy. “Álvaro is the captain. Ramos was there recently, and Busquets too. There are gestures that are made that remain anonymous and after the World Cup, some players showed some great gestures. It’s up to you to investigate, you’re not going to get much out of Álvaro, that’s for sure. He was the one who led this,” he said.
Kieran Quaile | GSFN