Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos was dropped from the Spanish squad for the 2020 edition of the European Championship, and the national team captain has reacted to his omission from the team.
Spain’s head coach, Luis Enrique – who is a former Real Madrid and Barcelona player – released his 24-man list for the competition, despite being allowed to take up to 26 players for the tournament, dropped his captain, Sergio Ramos and did not pick any player from the Blancos.
Speaking on how tough the season has, Ramos said: “After a few f*cked-up months and a strange season unlike anything I have experienced in my career comes to the Euros.”
He then added that he has been fighting to be ready for the competition, saying: “I have fought and worked every day, in body and soul, to be able to reach 100 per cent for Real Madrid and the national team, but things don’t always work out the way we’d like. It pains me not to have been able to help my team more and not to play for Spain but, in this case, the best thing to do is rest, fully recover and come back next year as we’ve always done.”
He added: “It hurts not to represent your country, but I have to be honest and sincere. I wish all my teammates the very best of luck and I hope we have a great Euros. I’ll be another fan cheering on from home.”
As the team captain, he then went on to with his teammates a successful tournament, saying: “A big shout to everyone and Viva Espana and Hala Madrid always!” he then shared a picture of himself with the iconic trophy after two wins at the continental championships in 2008 and 2012.
Enrique, who became the first manager to name a Spanish side for a major tournament without any Real Madrid explained why he dropped his captain. He said: “I’d like to send a message to Sergio Ramos, our captain, who is not on the list as he has not been able to compete in the right condition since January, or even train with group. I told him by phone last night. It was difficult and tough, but it’s best for the team.”
He then added: “It was a very difficult decision but he [Ramos] has not been able to play this season and has hardly trained since January. 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.”