New Spain Women’s National Team coach Montse Tome has selected 15 Women’s World Cup-winning players for the upcoming Nations League matches. However, one notable omission from the team is midfielder Jenny Hermoso. Despite many players still on strike, Tome decided to include them in her team. Hermoso was at the center of controversy last month after an incident in which former Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales forcibly kissed her. As a result, 39 players went on strike, leading to Rubiales’ resignation and the sacking of coach Jorge Wilda. Reports earlier in the day suggested the World Cup-winning players would not be included due to a desire to make further changes. However, the Spanish federation called on the players to return. In addition to two-time Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putelas, Tome also named Barcelona team-mates Mappi Leon and Patrio Guiarro, who were not part of the World Cup squad due to their own protest against the federation and Wilda. Tome stated that she believes in the professionalism of the players and believes that they will all be present. She also mentioned that she left Hermosa off the team to protect her, as she has worked with her for five years and wants to support her. The new coach sees this as the beginning of a new era for the national team and assures that all players have equal opportunities.

By Editor