Spain captain Sergio Ramos has been excluded from the squad for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament by Luis Enrique. Ramos won the last of his 180 caps in March, but his season at Real Madrid has been marred by injury.
Aymeric Laporte has been included in a 24-man squad that does not include any Real Madrid player, after being allowed to change his nationality this month. The Manchester City defender was born in France and has represented this country at different age levels, but is entitled to Spanish citizenship.
“I didn’t include Ramos because he hasn’t been able to play a lot this season,” Enrique said. “Especially since January, he is not in good enough shape, and sometimes even does not train with the group of his club.
“It wasn’t easy, but I called him last night [Sunday] and we had a tough and tough conversation. I feel bad because he is a player who has always been at the highest level and who has a future with the national team. It’s a decision I made for the good of the national team and the squad as a whole.
Adama Traoré and Eric García, who like Laporte has not been a top pick for City this season, have been selected. There was also a surprise callback for Chelsea’s César Azpilicueta, who won the last of his 25 caps in 2018.
Ramos has missed most of the second half of the season after a string of muscle injuries and a knee problem that required surgery. He was limited to 15 La Liga appearances and just five games in all competitions in 2021 – the last of which came in the 2-0 Champions League semi-final second leg loss to Chelsea on May 5. He would have entered the Euro with a chance to break the record for the most international appearances, held by the Egyptian Ahmed Hassan with 184.
Ramos’ teammate Dani Carvajal missed an injury and the squad are just three Barcelona players and two of La Liga champions Atlético Madrid. Atlético midfielder Marcos Llorente has been included as a full-back.
Wolves’ Traoré and Paris St-Germain’s Pablo Sarabia were surprise inclusions as attackers ahead of Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas, Spain’s second-highest goalscorer in La Liga this season.