Spain promise to be ‘raring to go’ despite absence of Alexia Putellas | Spain women’s football team

They lost the best two players in the world but Spain will fight on and will enjoy it too, their captain vowed on the eve of a tournament they just want to start now – before anything else can go wrong.

“When they face adversity, all humans seek to overcome. We’re a resilient team and know what we have to do: play football,” Irene Paredes said as she prepared for the selección’s opening game against Finland. “Maybe more things have happened than normal but there are 23 of us, the moment has come and we’re ready, raring to go.”

First Spain lost Jenni Hermoso, the Ballon…

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