Busquets, Albiol, De Gea join Ramos as Spanish team captains
Spanish National Soccer team defender Sergio Busquets (L) and midfielder Marco Asensio during a training session at Las Rozas Soccer City, in Madrid, Spain, Sept. 06, 2018. EPA-EFE/RFEF
Spanish national soccer defender Sergio Ramos during a training session at City of Soccer, in Las Rozas, Madrid, Spain, Sept. 05, 2018. EPA-EFE/RFEF
Goalkeeper David de Gea of Spain warms up before the FIFA World Cup 2018 round of 16 soccer match between Spain and Russia in Moscow, July 01, 2018. EPA-EFE/FILE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH
Juventus' Kingsley Coman (R) and Napoli's Raul Albiol in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match Juventus FC vs SSC Napoli at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, May 23, 2015. EPA-EFE/FILE/ANDREA DI MARCO
Madrid, Sep 6 (efe-epa).- Defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets, center-back Raul Albiol and goalkeeper David de Gea on Thursday joined defender Sergio Ramos as Spain's national La Roja team captains.
The decision for new captains was taken in the first international camp after La Roja's 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign, to replace the legendary Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Gerard Pique, after the trio's retirement from international play.
The Spanish national team last competed in the World Cup held in Russia between June 14-15, in which La Roja was knocked out in the round of 16 on a penalty shootout with the Russian hosts.
In new coach Luis Enrique's roster for upcoming UEFA Nations League clashes, Ramos, the first captain, is the player who has made the most appearances for Spain with 156 matches, followed by Busquets at 107 matches.
Albiol, who returned to the national team after a three year absence, has participated in 51 international matches and De Gea has been active in 33 Spanish team matches.
Spain is set to kick off its UEFA Nations League campaign against England at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, then to host Croatia three days later.