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Five Yellows will battle it out in the sand at the 2022 FIFA World Cup!

By Callum Jones

Geronimo Rulli

Rulli will be representing Argentina in Qatar and will be looking to collect a few more caps for his nation. He was selected off the back of a great start to the season with Villarreal CF, where he kept four clean sheets out of the first six games and only conceded twice. Such form has been hard to maintain especially with competition in Pepe Reina returning to the squad, but Rulli will be looking to keep his consistency and form going into the second half of the LaLiga Santander season. Rulli faces competition in the side from Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez and River Plate goalkeeper Franco Armani, but rest assured, when Rulli gets his moment like he has this season, he grabs it with both hands and takes full control.

Juan Foyth

Foyth has also been called up to the Argentinian squad where he will be joining teammate Rulli in bidding to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Foyth, who is no stranger to the national team having already racked up 15 caps for Argentina since 2018, is looking to turn his fortunes around in Qatar having missed a large chunk of the current season due to injuries. Since the beginning of the season, away to Atlético Madrid where Foyth put in an incredible performance to secure a 2–0 victory, his season has been very stop-start and has just recently returned from injury under new manager Quique Setién.

Nicolas Jackson

Senegal called up young Yellows striker Nicolas Jackson. Jackson has been a prominent figure for the Yellow Submarine this season and has got himself a fair share of goals to help out the team. With Gerard Moreno having been out due to injury, Jackson was thrown deep into the limelight to facilitate the goal-scoring form of the start of the season. After scoring the last-minute winner against UD Almería and scoring the only goal away to Austria Wien in Europe, Senegal will be looking to unlock Jackson’s potential for the national team at this World Cup. This is a very exciting time for Jackson as he is yet to receive his first cap for the senior national team after briefly making appearances at U20 level for his nation.

Yeremy Pino

Yeremy Pino, the Yellows’ young prodigy, has been called up to Luis Enrique’s Spain team for the upcoming tournament in Qatar. Pino, even at the age of 20 has become a star in Enrique’s Spanish team having received his first call-up back in 2021. Since then, Pino has managed to collect six appearances for the senior national team and even bagged himself one goal. Pino will be looking to hit the ground running in Qatar and pick up from where he left off from Villarreal CF and stamp himself in an already-coveted historic Spanish national team.

Pau Torres

Joining Pino for Spain is Vila-real born, star defender Pau Torres. Torres, like Pino, will be experiencing his first FIFA World Cup will be looking to continue his fine form for the national team. Torres has been a regular feature in the senior national team since his debut back in 2019 and has already made 21 appearances for Spain. He will also be looking to use his experience gained from the special UEFA Champions League cup run of last year but also from the Olympic Games in Tokyo where he took home a silver medal. Torres who has been a key player alongside club captain Albiol this season at Villarreal CF and will be eager to solidify his place in Luis Enrique’s team in Qatar.



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