Spain manager Luis Enrique dropped a huge bombshell on Monday by announcing that captain and record-breaker for most Spain appearances Sergio Ramos has been left out of his squad for Euro 2020. And that’s not the only surprise.
180-cap man Ramos will watch from home
Ramos was the shock omission from Luis Enrique’s squad when it was announced on Monday.
With 180 appearances since making his debut back in 2005, Ramos was at the heart of Spain’s golden period that included winning back-to-back European Championships and the 2010 World Cup in Brazil.
And it’s not just as a hard-tackling physically imposing defender and captain that he earns his corn.
Over his career Ramos has netted 128 goals, the 101st for Real recently scored in the Champions League against Atalanta. And that’s to go with 23 goals for Spain, the latest of which was scored in September 2020 against Ukraine.
Why was Ramos left out?
This has been the toughest season of Ramos’ career as a result of injuries and he’s only played one game since March.
He has nonetheless made 31 appearances for club and country this season but that’s nothing compared to previous seasons.
Last year he played 49 times and the year before it was 51, proof he did well to even feature in half of the games he could have played in.
But Enrique feels that Ramos is either not fit enough, that Enrique has better options elsewhere or quite simply, that the end of the road has come for Ramos due to his age.
Laporte gatecrashes the party
The omission of Ramos wasn’t the only surprise. Enrique left out all the Real Madrid-based players – including Nacho Fernandez, Marco Asensio and Isco. It’s a strange decision by Enrique and he’ll now have to live with it.
Elsewhere, Aymeric Laporte was called up despite only just being granted permission to play for Spain a few days ago. He was previously registered as being French after featuring in their youth teams.
Spain are 8.5 fifth-favourites with 10CRIC to win Euro 2020.