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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spain Brings Only Experienced Men

MADRID -- Spain comes to England to decidedly mixed reviews.


National team coach Javier Clemente has blind faith in his men. "If the Spanish team plays up to its ability, we may be champions." he said.


But on the streets, Spaniards reaction was one of bitter disappointment as they saw their two young stars, Real Madrid's Raul Gonzalez and Barcelona's Ivan de la Pena, left off the squad.


"Raul and de la Pena are not totally excluded from the team," he said. "I have put both in the list of substitutes."


But such consolations were unlikely to soothe Spain's passionate fans.


For now, they will have to be glad that one young star, Julen Guerrero of Athletic de Bilbao, will make the team.


Along with Guerrero, the weight of responsibility for the team's success will fall on rising star Alfonso Perez of Betis and the scoring tandem from Spanish league champions Atletico de Madrid, Francisco "Kiko" Narvaez and Jose Luis Caminero.


Clemente is known for making sure players enjoy themselves and become part of a spirited group.


He is not known for authoritarianism. In fact, he likes checking with his players about how to tackle the European championship and does not hesitate to invite players' relatives to provide moral support.


He is aware that the relationship with the players is the key for success to win any championship.