Cantona back in 2015: 'Spain didn't win the World Cup, Barcelona won it'
- Ex-France and Man Utd star argued that the 2010 World Cup was only Barcelona's credit.
- The Catalans were represented by 7 players in the final's starting XI vs the Netherlands.
- On Sunday, Spain's starting squad featured no Barca players for the first time since 2015.
Back in 2015, former Manchester United star Eric Cantona stressed the importance of Barcelona players called-up to Spain international.
"I'm sure that as soon as the youth set-up from Barcelona and other Spanish teams draw new, good players, Spain will emerge again.
"Catalonia won the World Cup. Spain won it with ten Barcelona players on the team. Spain did not win the World Cup, Catalonia did. Barcelona won it," told Cantona back then.
Spain's starting squad before the FIFA 2010 World Cup final
These days, however, the Spanish national team is reliving different times. On Saturday, there were no Barcelona players involved in the starting XI for the first time since 2015. Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets were benched and didn't even play any role in yesterday's game.
Still, it's important to mention that the youth teams of Spain perform with a better presence of Blaugrana youngsters. For example, four La Masia players were directly involved in their latest EURO U-21 qualification game against Kazakhstan. Even a higher number of Barca starlets helped Spain U-19 win the EURO held this summer, particularly Juan Miranda (loaned by Schalke 04) and Abel Ruiz.
Does La Masia have what it takes to represent Spain on an international level in a few years?