In the last few decades, Villarreal CF has been one of the clubs in Spain to provide the most players for the national team. In the last two squads, former manager Robert Moreno named four Yellows players (Pau Torres, Gerard Moreno, Santi Cazorla and Raúl Albiol), making the Yellow Submarine the best-represented club in the national side.
In Spain’s golden era, in June 2011, Villarreal managed to beat that number, with a total of five players called up. The manager at the time, Vicente del Bosque, called up Santi Cazorla, Joan Capdevila, Bruno Soriano, Carlos Marchena and Borja Valero.
After playing in the top flight of Spanish football for 20 years, Villarreal has had 18 players called up to represent ‘La Roja’:
- Unai Vergara: One cap. Played in England 3-0 Spain on 28th February 2001.
- Guayre: One cap. Played in Spain 5-0 San Marino on 9th February 2005.
- Marcos Senna: 28 caps. Euro 2008 champion. Made his debut on 1st March 2006 in Spain’s 3-2 win over Côte d’Ivoire.
- Joan Capdevila: 60 caps, 48 with Villarreal. Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup champion.
- Ángel López. Five caps, two with Villarreal.
- Santi Cazorla. 81 caps. Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 champion.
- Diego López. One cap. Played in Macedonia 2-3 Spain on 12th August 2009.
- Carlos Marchena: 69 caps, seven with Villarreal. Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup champion.
- Bruno Soriano: 10 caps. Made his debut on 11th August 2010 in Spain’s 1-1 draw with Mexico.
- Borja Valero: Once cap. Played in USA 0-4 Spain on 4th June 2011.
- Mario Gaspar: Three caps. Made his debut on 12th October 2015 in Spain’s 0-1 win over Ukraine.
- Sergio Asenjo: One cap. Played in Spain 3-1 Serbia on 29th May 2016.
- Denis Suárez: One cap. Played in Spain 3-1 Serbia on 29th May 2016.
- Rodrigo Hernández: 11 caps, one with Villarreal.
- Pablo Fornals: Two caps, one with Villarreal.
- Raúl Albiol: 56 caps, four with Villarreal. Euro 2008, 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 champion.
- Gerard Moreno. Three caps. Made his debut on 15th October 2019 in Spain’s 1-1 draw with Sweden.
- Pau Torres. One cap. Played in Spain 7-0 Malta on 15th November 2019.