Sergio Ramos has been dropped from the Euro 2020 squad, Spain coach Luis Enrique confirmed on Monday. Real Madrid’s central defender Ramos, is battling injuries and has played only one match since the end of March. His absence means that there are no Real Madrid players selected by Enrique for the tournament late this summer.
Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte was recently approved by FIFA to move him from France to Spain and make the 24-man squad. He is one of 10 Premier League players selected by Enrique, including Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, Leeds United defender Diego Llorente, and Wolves striker Adama Traore.
Ramos, who won the final out of 180 for Spain in March, played for the national team in a World Cup qualifier in March, when he was replaced during a draw with Greece and was late in a win over Kosovo.
Since then, his only appearance for Real Madrid came as a Champions League semi-final loss to Chelsea on 5 May.
Speaking on not including Ramos in Euro 2020 squad Enrique said, “It was a very difficult decision, but he [Ramos] didn’t play this season and only trained since January”.
“I called him yesterday” [Sunday] – It was tough. I feel bad because he is very professional and helps the national team a lot. And he can help in future also. But I have to see what is best for the team. “
Enrique could then choose a team of 24 people instead of the usual 23 UEFA brought changes to ease the burden on players after a narrow club season due to the coronavirus epidemic.
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Spain Euro 2020 squad
Goalkeepers: David De Gea (Manchester United/ENG), Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), Robert Sanchez (Brighton/ENG).
Defenders: Jose Gaya (Valencia), Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City/ENG), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Diego Llorente (Leeds/ENG), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea/ENG)
Midfielders: Fabian Ruiz (Napoli/ITA), Pedri, Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri Hernandez (Manchester City/ENG), Koke, Marcos Llorente (both Atletico Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool/ENG).
Forwards: Dani Olmo (Leipzig/GER), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Ferran Torres (Manchester City/ENG), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Alvaro Morata (Juventus/ITA), Adama Traore (Wolverhampton/ENG), Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA).