Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos has been excluded from the Spanish squad for this summer’s Euro 2020, coach Luis Enrique announced on Monday. Spain’s football team coach Enrique has announced the 24-person squad for the mega event, with the Real Madrid captain missing the bus.
Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte, who has changed football nationality, has been named to the squad, according to Goal.com. “Ramos couldn’t compete this season, he couldn’t train with the squad. I called him last night, it was tough and tough,” Enrique said as quoted by goal.com.
“I can clearly see that it is a complicated decision. I recommended that he be selfish and that he regain his level to play for his club and for the national team,” he added. Ramos has been hampered by injury issues in the recently concluded LaLiga season and has missed quite a few games in the past, including the Champions League semi-final first leg against Chelsea.
Earlier this month, European football’s governing body UEFA increased the squad roster from 23 to 26 for Euro 2020 in order to “mitigate the risks of teams facing a shortage of players available “as the coronavirus continues to rage. According to UEFA, 23 players must remain the maximum number allowed on the match sheet for each individual match (in accordance with Law 3 of the IFAB Laws of the Game allowing a maximum of 12 substitutes to be nominated for matches of the national team A), including three goalkeepers.
UEFA also said the new regulations will now also allow goalkeepers to be replaced before each match during the tournament in the event of physical incapacity, although one or two goalkeepers from the list of players are still available. (ANI)
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