Spanish football manager Sergio Ramos has been left out of the Euro 2020 squad that will take place in June and July after being replaced due to last year’s coronavirus epidemic.
The Real Madrid midfielder last won his 180 caps in March this year but endured an injury that kept him out of 15 Spanish games and five games in all competitions in 2021 – the last of which was a club that lost the Champions League semi-finals to Chelsea in the second half. May 5.
“I did not include Ramos because he has not played much this season, especially since January is not enough, and sometimes he does not train with his team,” Enrique, who named 24 players in the 26 available spots, told a news conference Monday.
“It wasn’t easy, but I called him last night and we discussed the difficulties and difficulties. I feel pain as a player who lives at the top and has a future with the national team. It is a decision I have made to support the national team and the team as a whole. ”
In a statement posted on his Instagram page, Ramos said: “After a few difficult months and a strange season for anyone I’ve ever worked for, Euro helps too.
It hurts me that I have not been able to support my team so much and not play in Spain but, in this case, the best thing to do is to rest, fully recover and come back next year as we have been doing. It hurts to not represent your country, but I have to be honest.
– Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) May 24, 2021
“I have fought and worked with my body and life to be 100% complete for Real Madrid and the national team but sometimes things don’t work out. It hurts me that I can’t help my teammates and defend Spain. ”
Ramos teammate Dani Carvajal has also been ruled out due to injury, meaning there are no Real Madrid players in the squad, with only three Barcelona players and two from La Liga players Atletico Madrid.
This is the first time that a Real Madrid player has been excluded from the Spanish team in a major competition.
Enrique said the list was written in the best interests of the team.
“I don’t play this type of game when I’m playing with a team and I don’t try to impress anyone. I feel like everyone wants players in their clubs, unless they need to rest if they are playing a lot of games or any. ”
Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte was included in FIFA’s bid to leave France for Spain earlier this month.
Laporte, a 26-year-old soldier, was born in southwestern France and was called up three times to Les Blues but did not attend.
Luis Enrique said Laporte’s choice “is nothing” without Ramos.
There was an unforgettable memory of Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta, who won his last 25 caps in 2018, and Atletico midfielder Marcos Llorente was included as a defender in the squad.
Two Premier League winners Thiago Alcantara and Rodrigo were included among midfielders, alongside Sergio Busquets, Koke, Fabian Ruiz and 18-year-old Pedri.
Wolves rivals Adama Traore and Pablo Sarabia of Paris St Germain stunned the lead ahead of Celta Vigo Iago Aspas, Spain’s second-highest rivals in La Liga this season.
Spain has been drawn alongside Sweden, Poland and Slovakia in Group E and is looking to make a change in the last 16 at Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.
Location managers: Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), David de Gea (Manchester United), Robert Sanchez (Brighton)
Opponents: 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 (Napoli)
Next: Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Ferran Torres (Manchester City), Adam Traore (Wolverhampton), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Pablo Sarabia (Paris St Germain)