For Alexia Putellas, the winner of the Ballon d'Or award, the UEFA Women's Euro Championship will be her first opportunity to lead Spain.
Head coach Jorge Vilda disclosed Putellas, the team's lone newcomer, when he unveiled the 23-man lineup on Monday morning. She is one of nine Barcelona players, while Real Madrid has only six.
For the Spanish national team, Putellas, the current holder of the UEFA Women's Player of the Year award, is the most significant player in their lineup. Barcelona's current domestic and continental dominance is due in large part to her. She is often recognised as one of the best female players ever due to her superb close control, keen eye for a pass, and cool head in front of goal.
In 22 matches, Spain has come out on top 19 times. Earlier this week, it beat Australia 7-0 in a friendly match at home on Saturday.
Prior to the start of the Euro Championships on July 8th, Spain will play another exhibition game in Italy. It is part of Group B, which has won the European Championship eight times, with Denmark and Germany.
The 1997 women's European Championship was Spain's only appearance in the semifinals in the European Championship for Women. It made it all the way to the quarterfinals twice, in 2013 and 2017.