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A cloud hangs over Sergio Ramos


To be honest, it's not a shock to the system to see Sergio Ramos being omitted from the Spain squad ahead of Euro 2020. Since the turn of the year, a combination of injuries and a bout of covid have left the player lacking match action and he's far from ready for a major tournament. There is no doubting Luis Enrique with the Asturian coach has always called upon Ramos and indeed the defender was involved in the last series of games for Spain adding to his record tally of caps. Selecting Ramos for the Euro's would have been a bridge too far despite the fact that he possess wonderful leadership qualities and one can only hope that the player will get another chance in the future.

Lista de España para la Eurocopa  RFEF  24/05/2021
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Lista de España para la Eurocopa RFEF 24/05/2021RFEF

Zero Real Madrid players

Ramos' absence from the list caused furore in the Spanish media added to the fact that no Real Madrid players have been called up. Both Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vázquez are injured and both Asensio and Isco have had far from vintage seasons. Nacho was the one player who was a solid candidate and could have been included in the list of 24 despite UEFA offering each national teams the possibility of calling up 26 men. The defence on the right hand side looks weak and Nacho could have been a valuable inclusion. It's also surprising not to see Navas (or any Sevilla player for that matter after their excellent season) absent too. Another player who could feel aggrieved is Celta's Iago Aspas with the Galician having had a fine campaign and I can understand his disappointment and not getting the call up.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 10, 2019 Spain's defender Sergio Ramos
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 10, 2019 Spain's defender Sergio RamosPIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUAFP

Ramos in limbo

Sergio Ramos is still waiting to see what his future holds with talks having stalled with Forentino Perez. Real Madrid have managed to survive without him over the past months and as things stand the captain of the national team and Madrid seems destined for an exit at the Santiago Bernabéu club come 30 June. Luis Enrique had the good grace to call the player on the night before confirming the squad and has conveyed to Ramos his intension to use him on future occasions. With the imminent arrival of Alaba at Real Madrid it now seems unlikely we'll see Ramos in the white shirt again. In a few years time we'll look back at Sergio Ramos' career with reverence but it's sad to see that currently a dark cloud shrouds his short term future.