JORGE VILDA left several Spanish women’s aces out of his squad ahead of the team’s friendlies with Sweden and the USA in October.
Skipper Irene Paredes and record goalscorer Jenni Hermoso are among the exuberant stars, as are Manchester United duo Ona Batlle and Lucia Garcia.
Man City stars Leila Ouahabi and Laia Aleixandri have also been dropped.
And Paredes’ Barcelona team-mates Aitana Bonmati, Mapi Leon, Patri Guijarro and Sandra Panos are among the others left out of the group.
The absence of the stars – many of whom represented Spain at this summer’s European Championships – follows a dispute between the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Vilda and several squad members.
The group has expressed a preference not to be called up for international service until there is a commitment “on a professional project”.
Speaking at a press conference today, Vilda, 41, said: ‘I wouldn’t wish on anyone to go through what I’m going through these days.
“I’m deeply hurt, it’s an unfair situation that no one deserves. I think it’s a mockery on a global scale.
“This mess hurts Spanish football. It’s a global embarrassment.
“I want them to say face to face why they made that decision and why they disagree.”
Local media in Spain report that players are dissatisfied with Vilda’s injury management, training methods and team selection.
Earlier this month, the Spanish Football Federation claimed it had received 15 emails from stars threatening to leave the national team unless Vilda was sacked.
In their written statement, the federation also claimed the players had raised concerns about their “emotional state and health”.
However, those claims were denied by the players – including Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas – who was not part of the group sending out the emails.
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The midfield star published last Friday a joint statement via their Twitter account in response to the association
In it, she criticized her decision to make a private statement “publicly, in a partial and self-serving manner.”
Spain, beaten by England in the quarter-finals of this year’s Euros, finished top of their World Cup qualifying group with eight wins from eight games.
With six players without an international match, they go into their duels with Sweden and the USA.
The team meets Sweden in Cordoba on October 7 before meeting the USA in Pamplona four days later.
And Vilda insists that despite falling out with some of his country’s top professionals, he hasn’t considered leaving the role.
The head coach added: “I have to 100 per cent retrieve the players who want to be here.
“At no point (did I consider resigning). It would be unfair for what we have created in the past and are in the present.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6342467/jorge-vilda-spain-women-squad/ Jorge Vilda says the dispute with Spanish players is a “difficult situation” after several stars were dropped from the national squad