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Spain's Euro 2016 squad: no Isco or Saúl but Lucas Vasquez is in

The Spanish coach spoke to the media after confirming his final squad list for Euro 2016: "The players who've missed out have the standard to be there, but I can only take 23."

Spain's coach, Vicente Del Bosque, gave his reasons for his final pick of 23 players for Euro 2016.
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Spain's coach, Vicente Del Bosque, gave his reasons for his final pick of 23 players to make up his squad for Euro 2016. The man from Salamanca was speaking at a press conference in Salzburg, the current location of the team's preparations.

Isco kisses the trophy after winning the Champions League but he'll not be chasing the Euro 2016 trophy with his countrymen this summer.

Real Madrid midfielder Isco and Atletico's Saul Niguez missed the cut for the final 23-man Spain squad for Euro 2016 that does include Real's Lucas Vasquez.

"We tried to balance out the squad," Del Bosque said at a press conference in the Austrian city of Salzburg, where Spain faces South Korea on Wednesday in a pre-tournament friendly.

"I believe that with the 23 chosen, we can cope with any emergency."

Del Bosque added: "The players who've missed out have the standard to be there, but I can only take 23 of them."

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, an absentee from the initial 25-strong list announced on May 17, was also included in the final squad following Real defender Dani Carvajal's injury in the Champions League final.

Champions League final and now inclusion in the Euro squad. Not a bad few days for Lucas Vasquez.

"We knew that we could go to the back-up squad at any time and that's how it was with Bellerin," Del Bosque said.

Having played in Real's extra-time win on penalties over Atletico on Saturday, Real's Sergio Ramos and Lucas Vazquez, and Atletico's Juanfran and Koke will be the last to join up with the Spanish squad on June 4.

They will be just in time for the final pre-tournament warm-up against Georgia on June 7 in Getafe, back in Spain.

The squad then begins its campaign against the Czech Republic on June 13 before also facing Turkey and Croatia in Group D.

See the full squad here.