Sergio Ramos has been left out of Spain’s squad for Euro 2020, with manager Luis Enrique opting to select no Real Madrid players in his 24-man squad.
The 35-year-old is Spain’s all-time appearance maker with 180 caps and is their eighth highest scorer.
He started nine out of Spain’s 10 qualifying games and was the only player from the current crop who was part of the team that won Euro 2008 to end La Roja’s 44-year wait for a major trophy.
But he has had a campaign riddled with injuries and only made 21 appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid this term, including 15 LaLiga games.
When he has played, such as in Real’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final second leg, he has looked rusty and off the pace.
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Spain will go into a major tournament for the first time in their history without any representatives from Real.
“It was a very difficult decision but he [Ramos] has not been able to play this season and has hardly trained since January,” said Enrique.
“I called him yesterday [Sunday] – it was hard, difficult.