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Picking a New-Look Spain Starting XI to Kick Off La Roja's New Generation of Football

With Vincente del Bosque's side crashing out of the World Cup, let's take a look at a 'new-look' Spain starting XI that could return La Roja back to credibility on the world stage.

11. ST: Alvaro Morata

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Spain will be hoping that the 21-year-old centre-forward can provide the cutting edge in front of goal that La Roja need. Powerful in the air, along with loads of pace on the ground, he is also a strong finisher. Having finally broken through with Real Madrid earlier this year, it looks like the time for Morata to shine has finally arrived.

10. AM: Isco

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The 22-year-old is one of the best attacking midfielders that Spain have. He has amazing technical ability and it is often his through balls that provide the key to unlock an opposing defence. The Real Madrid man also has a keen eye for goal, scoring eight times during the 2013-14 campaign.

9. AM: Iniesta

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The 30-year-old will need to bring his wealth of experience into the squad. While it is clear that new energy and pace are necessary for Spain to rejuvenate and become competitive again, Iniesta still has something to offer with his tremendous passing ability and skill on the ball.

8. AM: Koke

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Considered by many to be one of the best prospects for the future that Spain have, Koke will be pulling all the strings in the midfield for Spain for many years to come. At only 22, the Atletico Madrid man is extremely versatile and can play either through the middle or out on the wings.

7. DM: Thiago Alcantara

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Thiago Alcantara is widely regarded as the heir to Xavi in the Spanish line-up. As a midfielder, he has often demonstrated a willingness to make runs forward into the penalty box, as well as superb ball control, technique and composure.

6. DM: Javi Martinez

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The 25-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder brings strength and tenacity into the side. His aerial ability and his strength means he has many of the physical attributes necessary to be a dominant midfielder. He has no glaring weaknesses as a player and is only bound to improve as he ages.

5. CB: Inigo Martinez

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The 23-year-old Real Sociedad centre-back will have a big role to play for the national team in the future. He does a fantastic job at reading the game in front of him, and has fantastic skill in the air. He is also extremely adept on the ball and can play the ball out from defence.

4. CB: Sergio Ramos

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One of the few who remain from the current team, Ramos can help carry the torch from Spain's "golden generation" that did so well for so long onto the new generation of Spanish youngsters. He will need to bring leadership to this new side, as well his ability to start attacks out from the back.

3. LB: Jordi Alba

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The 25-year-old Barcelona man still has a lot to offer the national side at age 25. His pace as well as passing ability makes him a key player for the Spanish side going into the future. Just like Sergio Ramos, he will have a leadership role with the new, younger Spanish side of the future. 

2. RB: Cesar Azpilicueta

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Although naturally a right-back, Azpilicueta blossomed into a complete left-back this season at Chelsea. Spain's current backline is clearly not up to snuff after two horrific performances, and Azpilicueta will have a lot to offer. He is a tremendous team player and will be willing to do whatever is asked of him. 

1. GK: David de Gea

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Following Iker Cassillas' dismal showing in the World Cup, the time has come for Manchester United's no.1 to get a chance to prove himself at the international level. Cassillas has been a rock at the back for Spain for so long, but now he has become a weak-link. De Gea on the other hand, was one of the few strong points in what was otherwise a dismal season for Manchester United. Spain need to be able to rely on their keeper, and quite simply they cannot rely on Cassillas any more.