Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has not been included in the Spanish national team for the European championship this summer. Coach Luis Enrique made the call after being concerned by Sergio’s fitness.
Ramos is Spain’s all-time appearance maker with 180 caps and is their eighth highest scorer but he has had a campaign riddled with injuries and only made 21 appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid this term, including 15 La Liga games. He has also appeared at every major tournament for Spain since 2004.
Man City defender Aymeric Laporte has been included after switching his alligence from France. Additionally Eric Garcia got the nod despite making only one Premier League start this season.
Ramos started nine out of Spain’s 10 qualifying games and was the only player from the current crop who was part of the team that won Euro 2008 to end La Roja’s 44-year wait for a major trophy.
The 35-year old’s omission means that there will be no Real Madrid player in the Spanish roster. Two places are however vacant with Enrique calling up only 24 players instead of 26
Here is the full squad;
Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Unai Simon, Robert Sanchez
Defenders: Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba, Jose Gaya, Pau Torres, 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