Sergio Ramos misses out on fairytale return, Ansu Fati in
Paris Saint-Germain defender Sergio Ramos has missed out on the World Cup after being left out by Spain coach Luis Enrique, whereas Barcelona ahead Ansu Fati has been included in the 26-man squad for Qatar.
Ramos, Spain’s file look holder, made his final look for La Roja in March 2021 however was again in competition after excelling for PSG this season, taking part in 12 instances in Ligue 1 and beginning all six of their Champions League video games.
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Fati, 20, hasn’t performed for his nation since October 2020, when he suffered a critical knee damage which dominated him out for 10 months, adopted by persistent hamstring and thigh muscle issues which saved him from reaching full health.
“I won’t assess the players who aren’t on the list,” Luis Enrique mentioned in a information convention on Friday, when requested about Ramos.
“I recognise and thank all of those players who have contributed during my time here and played games with the national team, but from there, the important ones now are the 26 who are here.”
On Fati, Luis Enrique added: “Ansu is in a process of getting back to being the player he was before his injury.
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“He’s now completely recovered, he is performed a whole lot of video games for his membership. We can talk about when he’ll be again at his earlier degree, all of us need that.”
Along with Ramos, there was no place for Real Betis forward Borja Iglesias or Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno in Spain’s squad.
Luis Enrique also confirmed that Gerard Pique had featured on his provisional 55-man list before the Barcelona centre-back announced his retirement.
“Pique was on the provisional listing as a result of once I got here up with the provisional listing he was an energetic participant,” Luis Enrique said.
“He’s a aggressive machine, or he was. When I named the listing of 55 I assumed clearly [about him], not as a primary choice as a result of the road has been considered one of continuity.”
Ramos, 36, has played 180 times for his country since making his debut in March 2005, scoring 23 goals. He was a key part of the Spain team that won the European Championship in 2008 and 2012 and the World Cup in 2010.
The centre-back was left out of Spain’s Euro 2020 squad after an injury-hit 2020-21 season and left Real Madrid for PSG on a free transfer later that summer.
His first season in the French capital was also disrupted by injuries, playing just 13 games in all competitions, but he has since returned to full fitness with his club.
Luis Enrique also joked he was the best national team manager in history when asked if he had ever doubted himself as Spain boss.
“How am I going to have doubts?” Luis Enrique said. “There’s no higher nationwide group supervisor than me in the historical past of world soccer.
“That’s what I believe. Another thing is that it’s reality, which evidently is not true. But I believe it.”
Spain squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Club), Robert Sanchez (Brighton & Hove Albion), David Raya (Brentford).
Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Eric Garcia (Barcelona), Hugo Guillamon (Valencia), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Jose Gaya (Valencia).
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri (Manchester City), Gavi (FC Barcelona), Carlos Soler (PSG), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Pedri (Barcelona), Koke Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid).
Forwards: Ferran Torres (Barcelona), Nico Williams (Athletic Club), Yeremi Pino (Villarreal), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Pablo Sarabia (PSG), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Ansu Fati (Barcelona).