DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A brand new period is about to begin for Spain on the World Cup, with a era of proficient younger gamers taking heart stage in its quest to win a second world title.Spain’s revamped squad, led by back-to-back Golden Boy award winners Pedri and Gavi, will start being put to the check on Wednesday towards an skilled Costa Rica staff that’s bringing again among the gamers that helped it make a shocking run to the quarterfinals eight years in the past.The Costa Ricans hope to repeat the success of the World Cup in Brazil and keep away from the debacle of 4 years in the past in Russia, after they didn’t win any matches and have been eradicated within the group stage.Spain additionally desires to keep away from a repeat of its marketing campaign within the 2018 event, when it was ousted by the hosts within the spherical of 16 after going by way of an embarrassing teaching change simply days earlier than its debut.Most of the veterans from that event are gone, together with Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, Andrés Iniesta and David Silva. As a substitute, coach Luis Enrique is betting on the likes of 19-year-old Pedri, 20-year-old Ansu Fati and Nico Williams, and 18-year-old Gavi, Spain youngest ever objective scorer.“I believe the complete staff carries the accountability,” Pedri mentioned. “I don’t really feel like I’m the star of the nationwide staff simply because I’m on a billboard in Doha. I’m specializing in taking part in, on being in a very good mind-set and on serving to as a lot as potential relying on what the coach asks from me.”Spain enters the event in Qatar with the third-youngest squad among the many 32 nations, with a median age of 25.3, after the US and Ghana. Greater than half of the squad is 25 years outdated or youthful, with six gamers at 20 or youthful and taking part in of their first World Cup.Pedri, Gavi and Fati are more likely to begin towards Costa Rica. The opposite children picked by Luis Enrique — who has joined within the youth motion by changing into a streamer through the World Cup — embody Ferran Torres, Yéremy Pino, Eric García, Hugo Guillamón and Alejandro Balde. “What I’m most stunned by is their daring, the way in which they go for the sport and don’t get rattled,” mentioned defender César Azpilicueta, one of the vital veteran gamers within the squad together with Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets. Busquets is the oldest at 34 and the one returning participant from the Spain staff that received the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.Guillamón was not more likely to be out there for the opener due to a knee challenge, whereas veteran defender Dani Carvajal was uncertain after lacking follow time due to the flu.Costa Rica, taking part in in its third straight World Cup, is bringing again just a few gamers from its historic marketing campaign in 2014, when it was eradicated by the Netherlands in a penalty shootout within the final eight. Amongst them are a few gamers well-known by the Spaniards — former Actual Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas (who hasn’t performed with Paris Saint-Germain this season) and striker Joel Campbell, who performed within the Spanish league with Villarreal and Actual Betis.“We didn’t come simply to compete,” mentioned midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda, one other member of the 2014 squad. “We wish to repeat what we did in Brazil.”The squad coached by Colombian Luis Suárez, which additionally has Bryan Ruiz getting back from the 2014 staff, was the final staff to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar after beating New Zealand in an intercontinental playoff in June. It couldn’t play its remaining warmup for the World Cup towards Iraq final week due to points associated to the doorway of its gamers into Iraq.Spain made it to the ultimate of the Nations League and the semifinals of the European Championship final 12 months. Its final main title got here at Euro 2012. Earlier this 12 months it certified for the Remaining 4 of the Nations League for a second straight time.For the reason that Nations League loss to France in October final 12 months, Spain’s solely defeat got here towards Switzerland within the Nations League in September. ___. Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoni——Related Press author Juan Zamorano contributed to this report from Doha, Qatar.