Spain coach Luis Enrique on Monday left veteran defender Sergio Ramos out of his Euro 2020 squad but called up centre-back Aymeric Laporte, who recently switched his football nationality.
Ramos, the 35-year-old Real Madrid captain has struggled with injury this season and has featured just five times since the start of the year."It was a very difficult decision but he has not been able to play this season and has hardly trained since January," Luis Enrique told the press conference as he announced a 24-man squad.
"I called him yesterday (Sunday), it was hard, difficult. I feel bad, because he is very professional and he helps the national team a lot. And he can still help it in the future. But I have to look for the best for the squad," the coach said.
The absence of Ramos means there is not a single Madrid player in the Spain squad.
Laporte, a 26-year-old Manchester City defender, was born in southwest France and was called up three times for Les Blues but never made it onto the pitch.
Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Unai Simon and Robert Sanchez.Defenders: Jose Gaya, Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba, Diego Llorente, Marcos Llorente, Pau Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Midfielders: Fabian Ruiz, Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Rodri Hernandez, Koke and Thiago Alcantara.
Forwards: Dani Olmo, Mikel Oyarzabal, Ferran Torres, Gerard Moreno, Alvaro Morata, Adama Traore and Pablo Sarabia.