Spain’s bid to replicate their 2010 success begins against Costa Rica on Wednesday afternoon.

At the end of September, Spain coach Luis Enrique tweeted: “Just to put things into context…” above a table showing ten European nations and their records in the last four international competitions; 2020 Nations League, Euro 2020, World Cup Qualifiers and 2022 Nations League.

As evidenced – quite literally – by the table’s color scheme, Spain were the only team to reach the final four of each competition.

Here is the XI Enrique could field to start the journey that could lead to another column in his Excel spreadsheet.

Pablo Martin Paez Gaviria 'Gavi'

Gavi is the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Spanish men’s national team / David Ramos/GettyImages

PORT: Unai Simon – Spain’s first-choice goalkeeper has benefited from a succession of circumstances and woes for his colleagues over the past couple of years, King Ralph would be embarrassed if given his chance in the Athletic Club first-team in 2018.

RB: Dani Carvajal – One of only two Real Madrid players in the squad – the lowest number of Los Blancos players in a World Cup party for Spain since 1950, when Luis Molowny was the sole representative.

CB: Aymeric Laporte – Unusually, Spain have an abundance of left-footed centre-backs. Righty Eric Garcia is also more used to the left side of a pair. Just like at Euro 2020, Laporte’s ambipedal qualities could be called upon again.

CB: Pau Torres – “I had to get tougher as I went through the age groups, so I worked a lot against inflatable mannequins,” Torres revealed during the pandemic. “I did it so much I got sick of hitting them.”

LB: Jordi Alba – The former striker idolized Barcelona’s Hristo Stoichkov while he was in the club’s youth academy before the Catalans let him go for being too small. Eventually Alba returned to the Camp Nou, winning his only Champions League title under his current international manager, Enrique.

CM: Pedri – In the last two international tournaments Pedri has appeared in – Euro 2020 and that summer’s Olympics – he has finished with more passes in the last third than anyone else in the competition.

CM: Sergio Busquets – The second youngest Spanish player in 2010 is now the oldest member and team captain.

CM: Gavi- Enrique captured the teenage midfielder’s infectious effervescence when he said: “He’s a volcano erupting and it’s hard not to fall in love with him.”

RW: Ferran Torres – No player has made more caps for Spain since Enrique took the helm from Torres.

ST: Alvaro Morata – “I won’t make comparisons between players”, Enrique began before immediately contradicting himself, “but defensively nobody beats Morata in Europe”.

LW: Nico Williams – His older brother Inaki is the spearhead of the Ghana national team’s attack in Group H.

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