Jenni Hermoso has not been included in Spain’s first squad since lifting the Women’s World Cup but 15 of her title-winning team-mates have been called up despite announcing a boycott last month.
A group of 81 players, including all 23 members of the World Cup squad, indicated three weeks ago that they would not play for Spain again while Luis Rubiales remained Spanish football federation (RFEF) president as a result of his behaviour at the final.
Rubiales caused a huge controversy after kissing midfielder Hermoso on the lips during the medal ceremony following the team’s 1-0 victory over England. Hermoso insists she did not consent to the kiss.
Esta es la 𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮 para las dos primeras jornadas de la #UWNL
— Selección Española Femenina de Fútbol (@SEFutbolFem) September 18, 2023
Amid increasing pressure, Rubiales finally resigned from his post last week but 39 players, including 21 of Spain’s World Cup winners, released a statement on Friday saying that was not enough to trigger their return to national-team duty.
The players said they were not yet “in a safe place” to return and that the problems at the RFEF ran far deeper than Rubiales.
However, new Spain coach Montse Tome – who had been due to name her squad on Friday – has now included 15 of the world champions in her 23-player squad for the upcoming Nations League matches against Sweden and Switzerland.