Spanish football captain Sergio Ramos has been left out of the squad for Euro 2020, which will take place in June and July, after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic last year.
The Real Madrid center-back won the last of his 180 goals in March this year, but endured a season plagued by injuries that has limited him to just 15 appearances in the Spanish league and just five games in all competitions in 2021, the last of which came in defeat in the Champions League semi-final by Chelsea 2-0 in the return leg against Chelsea on 5 May.
“I didn’t include Ramos because he hasn’t been able to play much this season, especially since January, he hasn’t been fit enough and sometimes he didn’t even train with the group at his club,” said Enrique, who appointed 24 players in the 26 available seats, he told a news conference on Monday.
“It was not easy, but I called him last night and we had a difficult and hard conversation. I feel bad because he is a player who has always been at the highest level and has a future with the national team. It is a decision I have made for the good of the national team and the group in general.
In a statement posted on his Instagram page, Ramos said: “After a few difficult months and an abnormal season that I have had in my career, the Euro also joins.
I’m sorry I couldn’t help my team more and not play in Spain, but in this case, the best thing to do is rest, recover completely and come back next year as we always have. It hurts not to represent your country, but I have to be honest and sincere.
– Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) May 24, 2021
“I’ve struggled and worked with my body and soul to be 100% fit for Real Madrid and the national team, but sometimes things don’t work out. It hurts me not to be able to help my teammates and not defend Spain ”.
Ramos club teammate Dani Carvajal also failed due to injury, so there are no Real Madrid players in the squad, while there are only three players from Barcelona and two from the league champions. Atletico Madrid.
It is the first time that a Real Madrid player is not included in a Spanish team for a major tournament.
Enrique said the list was drawn up taking into account the best interests of the team.
“I don’t play these types of games when I make the squad and I don’t try to please anyone. I understand that everyone wants players from their club in the squad, except when they need to rest if they are playing a lot of games or whatever ”.
Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte was included after FIFA approved his move from France to Spain earlier this month.
Laporte, a 26-year-old defender, was born in the south-west of France and was called up three times by Les Blues, but never reached the pitch.
Luis Enrique said Laporte’s selection “has nothing to do” with Ramos’ absence.
Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta, who won the last of his 25 goals in 2018, was remembered by surprise, and Atlético midfielder Marcos Llorente was included as a right-back in the squad. equipment.
The Premier League duo, Thiago Alcantara and Rodrigo, were included among the midfielders, along with 18-year-old Sergio Busquets, Koke, Fabian Ruiz and Pedri.
The Wolves’ strikers, Adama Traore, and Pablo Stabain’s Pablo Sarabia were a surprise ahead of Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas, Spain’s second-highest league scorer this season.
Spain is tied with Sweden, Poland and Slovakia in Group E and aims to improve the outings of the round of 16 in Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.
Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), David de Gea (Manchester United), Robert Sánchez (Brighton)
Defenders: Pau Torres (Villarreal), Eric Garcia (Manchester City), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Diego Llorente (Leeds), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Jose Luis Gaya (Valencia), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid)
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodrigo (Manchester City), Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool), Pedri (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Fabian Ruiz (Naples)
Forwards: Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Ferran Torres (Manchester City), Adam Traore (Wolverhampton), Álvaro Morata (Juventus), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Pablo Sarabia (Paris St Germain)