Sergio Ramos has spoken out after being omitted from the Spain squad for Euro 2020, stating that missing out of the competition hurts.
The veteran defender and Real Madrid captain will miss out on a major tournament for the first time since 2004 after Luis Enrique announced a 24-man squad for the summer that featured no Real Madrid players at all.
The omission comes after a series of injuries rocked Ramos’season, where he made just 15 LaLiga appearances for disposed champions Real as they missed out to rivals Atletico Madrid in the title race.
Responding to his Spain snub on Twitter, Ramos whose contract in Madrid expires this summer with his club future remaining uncertain – said:
“After a tough few months and a strange season unlike anything I have experienced in my career comes the Euros.
“I have fought and worked every day, in body and soul, to be able to reach 100% 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 like we’ve always done. 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. A big shout to everyone and #VivaEspaña and #HalaMadrid always!”