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Spain XI Of Players Not Included In Euro 2020 Squad Is Still Impressive

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Spain XI Of Players Not Included In Euro 2020 Squad Is Still Impressive

Sergio Ramos was the biggest shock omission from the Spain squad for Euro 2020, and you can make a pretty good XI of him and the other players that missed out.

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Spain boss Luis Enrique certainly surprised most people when he left the Real Madrid captain out of his squad and he didn't pick a single player from Real.

The odd selection policy went further, with the former Barcelona manager only picking 24 players despite UEFA allowing squads of up to 26.

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It's hardly like Enrique would be left searching through a bunch of castaways for his final two selections either, with a whole host of excellent talent available.

We put together an XI of players Enrique could pick from the players not in his squad, and even that's got some options:

Our XI of missing Spain players. Image: Buildlineup.com
Our XI of missing Spain players. Image: Buildlineup.com

No matter how much anyone begs, I simply flat out refuse to put Kepa in goal. Thomas Tuchel got enough sh*t for putting the world's most expensive keeper in for the FA Cup final, I'm not falling for that mistake.

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In defence Sergio Ramos simply had to be picked and he's partnered with La Liga winning centre back Mario Hermoso, who can also play at left back when needed. Ramos' own Real centre back partner Nacho also somehow missed out to Eric Garcia.

At full back Angelino has been a revelation since joining RB Leipzig. He usually plays slightly further forward as a wing back but has played deeper too plenty of times. Spurs' Sergio Reguilon is unlucky to miss out.

On the opposite side Lucas Vazquez is almost as unlucky as Ramos to miss out, even with Los Blancos lack of trophies this season. Hector Bellerin or Dani Carvajal could also easily have been included.

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A midfield trio of Mikel Merino, Saul Niguez and Carlos Soler might be a bit too attacking but hell, it's certainly going to be entertaining.

On that, how is Saul not somehow in the squad. It's not been the Atleti stars best season for Diego Simeone's team but at his best he's still one of the best midfielders around.

Ansu Fati has impressed for Barcelona but injury keeps him out of the tournament. Image: PA Images
Ansu Fati has impressed for Barcelona but injury keeps him out of the tournament. Image: PA Images

Ansu Fati isn't going to the Euros because of his injury but he's still worth putting in this XI just to point out how much talent Spain still has, even if the current crop isn't as strong as their 2008-2012 peak.

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Marco Asensio on the other side hasn't always lived up to his potential for Real Madrid but he has been in good form this year, and another player plenty of countries would kill to have the like of.

Sergio Canales and Dani Parejo are others unlucky to miss out on the 24 man squad when it comes to the midfield.

Finally Iago Aspas, it's shocking that the Celta Vigo striker can't get a place in the squad, despite 14 goals and 13 assists this season.

Like all the top nations, it's always difficult to pick a squad but only time will tell if Enrique has made the right decisions.

Topics: Sergio Ramos, Luis Enrique, Football, Euro 2020, Spain, Real Madrid

Ryan Sidle
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