Spanish star Jennni Hermoso has been cut from the Spanish national squad as a result of the World Cup kiss scandal.
New coach Montse Tome made her first big decisions as Spain women’s coach when she named a surprising squad for upcoming Nations League matches against Sweden and Switzerland.
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The squad is in chaos with 15 of the World Cup-winning group selected, despite most of the players still being on strike from the national team.
Midfielder Hermoso was in the eye of the storm that shook Spanish football over the past month after former Spanish football federation president Luis Rubiales forcibly kissed her, with 39 players striking from the national team despite his resignation and coach Jorge Vilda’s sacking.
Vilda, disliked by some of the players, was dismissed as the Spanish football federation tried to make changes demanded by over 80 players, striking in the wake of former president Rubiales’s kiss on midfielder Jenni Hermoso’s lips in Sydney.
After Rubiales resigned, 39 players including the vast majority of the World Cup squad, said they still did not plan to return until further changes were made.
However Tome called up many of them, saying she was convinced they would come and hailing their professionalism.
Tome said she left Hermoso out of the squad to protect her.
“We are with Jenni on everything, and with all the players,” added the new coach.
“The best way to protect her is like this, I have worked five years with her.”
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