Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has been left out of Spain’s European Championship 2020 squad.
Ramos is his country’s most-capped player, with 180 appearances for Spain since making his debut in March 2005.
Head coach Luis Enrique confirmed on Monday that defenders Pau Torres, Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia, Diego Llorente and Cesar Azpilicueta have been chosen instead.
A string of injuries this season have severely restricted the 35-year-old’s impact on the pitch, playing just 15 league games for Real Madrid, his worst ever tally, with only two of them coming in 2021.
Ramos was an unused substitute for Madrid in a 2-1 comeback win over Villarreal on Saturday as they missed out on the La Liga title.
The centre-back was injured on his last international appearance when he came on as an 86th minute substitute in Spain’s 3-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Kosovo in Seville on March 31.
Enrique faced criticism for that decision, with a perception that Ramos has been prioritising breaking the men’s all-time international appearance record of 184 caps held by Egypt’s Ahmed Hassan.
Spain Euro 2020 squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), David de Gea (Manchester United), Robert Sanchez (Brighton).
Defenders: Jose Gaya (Valencia), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Eric Garcia (Manchester City), Diego Llorente (Leeds), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea).
Midfielders: Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri (Manchester City), Pedri (Barcelona), Thiago (Liverpool), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Fabian (Napoli), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain).
Forwards: Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Ferran Torres (Manchester City), Adama Traore (Wolves), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad).
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By Ofhani Munyai