Absent from the list was Jenny Hermoso, the famous kisser who caused the resignation of former federation president Luis Rubiales.

Spain women's national team coach Montsi Tomé said she had spoken to Hermoso and decided not to include her as a way to protect her.

The controversy surrounding the kiss led to an institutional crisis that embarrassed Spanish football, as well as the eventual resignation of Rubiales.

Tommy explained: "Everyone has expressed their support for Jenny and all the players. I think that was the best way to protect her."

The new coach, who was assistant to former Women's World Cup manager Jorge Velda, did not reveal whether it was Hermoso who asked not to be called up.

A total of 39 players, including 21 from the 23-player squad that won the World Cup last month, signed a statement refusing to play for the national team unless their demands for change were met.

They demanded deep reforms and new leadership after Rubiales refused to resign over kissing Hermoso at the World Cup in Sydney.

Rubiales eventually resigned, but the players made it clear that not all of their demands were met.