The Spain lineup that should start against Italy

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Somehow, Spain have made their way into the semi-finals of Euro 2020.

La Roja required extra-time to see off Croatia in the Round of 16, and then had to rely on penalties to defeat a plucky Switzerland in the quarter-finals.

Despite those close shaves, however, Spain are in fact in the final four, and will fancy their chances of going the distance. They’ll have to shock all of Europe to do so, though, as they face the new favourites Italy at Wembley stadium.

Luis Enrique must get this right, so, who should he pick?

Unai SimonUnai Simon

The hero / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Unai Simon (GK) – The villain of the Round of 16 quickly became the hero of the quarter-finals. Spain will be hoping his penalty expertise will not be required this time.

Cesar Azpilicueta (RB) – It makes a lot of sense to play a defender at right-back instead of Marcos Llorente, so Azpilicueta will probably get the nod again.

Aymeric Laporte (CB) – Not bad against Switzerland, although the defence has rarely been convincing. Still, Laporte’s the best centre-back they have available.

Pau Torres (CB) – He’s looked shaky at times, but Torres has done enough to keep his place. The centre-back is about to face his biggest test.

Jordi Alba (LB) – Still the same Alba of old, if a little less electrifying. He’s nailed on to start, anyway.

Sergio BusquetsSergio Busquets

He’ll be there / Kirill Kudryavstev – Pool/Getty Images

Koke (CM) – We’re all here for a Koke vs Marco Verratti scrap in the middle of the park, aren’t we? Llorente may miss out again, but Koke’s experience and knowhow will be crucial.

Sergio Busquets (CM) – It was a midfield masterclass from Busquets against Switzerland – a shame about the missed penalty, though. Luckily, his teammates came to the rescue.

Pedri (CM) – Enrique has found his go-to guy, and that is Pedri. TheBarcelona star is enjoying a fruitful tournament, and seriously looks the business.

Alvaro MorataAlvaro Morata

Morata will be hungry for goals / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Gerard Moreno (RW) – If Pablo Sarabia picked up a knock against Switzerland, then Moreno could start in the attack. A canny forward.

Alvaro Morata (ST) – In the battle of misfiring centre-forwards, Morata should be the man tasked with outdoing Ciro Immobile. Prepare yourselves for some funny misses.

Ferran Torres (LW) – Manchester City’s star hasn’t quite dazzled at the Euros, but he’s definitely worthy of his place in the side. Keep an eye on his battle with the full-backs.

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