Forward Jenni Hermoso has been named in the Spain squad for the first time since winning the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Hermoso was kissed on the lips during the medal ceremony Ex-Spanish football federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales during the World Cup trophy presentation, which she says was not consensual.
The kiss sparked outcry and Rubiales eventually resigned and was given a restraining order.
Spain are set to play Italy and Switzerland in the Nations League.
Spain’s World Cup success this summer was overshadowed by Rubiales’ actions during the celebrations after the final whistle.
81 players, including all 23 members of the World Cup squad, indicated in September that they would not play for Spain again while Rubiales remained RFEF president as a result of his behaviour at the final.
Rubiales was banned from going within 200 meters of Hermoso after she filed a legal complaint.
World Cup-winning manager Jorge Vilda was also eventually sacked and is being investigated as part of the criminal case against Rubiales, but has since been appointed manager of Morocco women’s team.
Hermoso was not selected in Spain’s Women’s Nations League match against Sweden by new coach Montse Tome – the first squad since lifting the Women’s World Cup, but 15 of her title-winning team-mates were included in the 23-player group named despite announcing a boycott in August.
Hermoso, who plays for Mexican club Pachuca, is now back in the fold as part of the squad for Nations League matches against Italy and Switzerland on October 27 and 31.
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