After Athletico Madrid won the La Liga title, it was confirmed that Real Madrid will have a trophy-less season for the first time since 2010. Los Blancos captain Sergio Ramos seemed disappointed that he could not help his team the way he would want. It was because of an injury-plagued season, the 35-year-old started merely in 15 La Liga games.
Just as he was looking forward to the Euro 2020 to taste victory this year, Ramos received a setback. The captain has been left out of the Spain squad by Luis Enrique. His absence comes as a surprise, given that he has made 180 appearances for the Spanish national team, winning one World Cup and two European Championships.
🇪🇸 Spain have named their squad for #EURO2020 👀
🌟 Who'll be their biggest stars?
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) May 24, 2021
It is the first time since Euro 2004 that Ramos has not been included in Spain squad for a big tournament. It will also be the first time that the side will feature without a real Madrid player with full-back Carvajal already out injured.
As there is no Ramos, the manager has decided to pick Pau Torres, Eric Garcia, Diego Llorente and Aymeric Laporte as his central defenders. Cesar Azpilicueta, the Chelsea captain, has been recalled and was a surprising inclusion in Enrique’s 24-man squad announced on Monday.
Adama Traore of Wolves has been called up in the squad and will make his first appearance at an international tournament. Along with it, despite losing his starting spot in Manchester United’s XI to Dean Henderson, David de Gea keeps his place.
Spain’s Euro 2020 squad:
Goalkeepers: Unai Simon, David de Gea, Robert Sanchez;
Defenders: Jose Gaya, Jordi Alba, Pau Torres, Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia, Diego Llorente, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Llorente;
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Rodri, Pedri, Thiago, Koke, Fabian;
Forwards: Dani Olmo, Mikel Oyarzabal, Alvaro Morata, Gerard Moreno, Ferran Torres, Adama Traore, Pablo Sarabia.