The captains Jenni Hermoso and Irene Paredes, also out of the selection

Jorge Vilda does not summon the 15 rebels, the injured Alexia Putellas, nor two footballers of enormous relevance who do not renounce Spain but are against him

Amador Gomez

In addition to the 15 international players who have refused to be called up for the Spanish team and, as announced, were not called this Friday by Jorge Vilda, two of the captains have also been left out, Jenni Hermoso and Irene Paredes, who although they have not resigned from the national team, they do support the demands of their teammates. The coach has decided to do without the 15 rebels, the injured Alexia Putellas, who also publicly positioned herself against Vilda, and two footballers of enormous importance in the national team who, although they did not sign the controversial emails sent to the Spanish Federation of Football (FEF), demand the departure of the Madrid coach, who has not considered resigning.

The earthquake that has shaken women’s football has also fully affected Jenni Hermoso and Irene Paredes after the team’s all-time top scorer agrees with the dissidents, “although not with the forms”, and after the first captain from Spain was one of the visible heads of the so-called Las Rozas mutiny. The absence of the group of rebels in the call for the next friendlies against Sweden and the United States was sung, but until this Friday Vilda’s reaction to Hermoso and Paredes was unknown. “The 23 who have come are the ones who deserve it,” settled the coach when asked about Pachuca’s forward and Barça’s defense.

With less than ten months to go until the 2023 World Cup, none of the 18 mentioned already counts for the coach, who has had to draw up a revolutionary call that means a step backwards for Spain as a result of the rebellion of a majority of soccer players against Vilda, who did not they want to represent Spain “as long as the situation is not reversed.” The players estimate that the coach’s continuity “is significantly affecting” his “emotional state” and, therefore, his “mental health”. “In the concentrations there must be order and discipline, but the players have their days and afternoons off and there are professionals in the FEF to be helped and understood,” Vilda replied to defend herself against the soccer players who accuse her of exercising excessive control over them.

“Global Ridicule”

For the coach of the national team, fully backed by the FEF for the time being, there is no going back in the conflict – which has caused what Vilda describes as “ridiculous worldwide” – not even if the soccer players apologized. “I’m not hypothesizing. The solution for me is the 23 summoned », assured who, after guaranteeing that he would answer all the questions, refused to answer many of those that were asked about the absent ones. “I have to summon players who are 100% committed to this team,” he insisted, who nevertheless assured that “the players (rebels) have to reflect and take a step forward.” “No one has told me personally that they want my resignation,” he revealed.

“The stone has been thrown and the hand has been hidden, and you have to be brave,” Vilda claimed, after the wayward players have not publicly clarified the reasons for their confrontation with the coach. «Due to the lack of clarity in the message, certain doubts have slipped and it has been opened to have something extra-sports. Everything that has been mounted makes no sense. I challenge all the players I have trained in my career, that if there is something that has not been an exquisite treatment, that they leave if there has been no respect or any fault », she launched. She also demanded “maximum respect” for the 23 summoned, so that the internationals who want to defend Spain “do not suffer pressure so that they do not come to the national team.”



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