- Luis Enrique has explained the reason why he dropped PSG'S Sergio Ramos and Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara from his 26-man World Cup squad
- PSG defender Sergio Ramos will miss out on an opportunity to play at his 5th World Cup scheduled to take place in Qatar
- Thiago Alcantara has been one of Liverpool’s best players in their disappointing season, but won’t feature in Qatar
Paris Saint-Germain defender Sergio Ramos and Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara will not be going to the World Cup with Spain.
The duo were not included in La Roja’s 26-man squad for the tournament in Qatar.
Head Coach Luis Enrique opted against Ramos in preference for Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte and Pau Torres as the central defenders.
In midfield, the former Barcelona manager left out Thiago with Sergio Busquets, Rodri, Gavi, Pedri, Carlos Soler, Koke and Marcos Llorente getting the nod.
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Spain’s omission of the experienced pair from their final for the Mundial in the Middle East has been receiving backlash from some quarters.
But Enrique has revealed the main reason why he dropped the players, saying they are "not important" for his team.
Speaking after revealing his squad, he said, via Tribuna.
"If it were a normal World Cup, we would integrate the physical needs into the training, but halfway through the season, we are not going to work on the physical level of a player.
"I’m not going to go into the players that aren’t on the list. I thank everyone who has helped us get here, but now the important ones are the 26 called up.
"We have a lot of young people, but also veterans. There is a good mix," Enrique added.
David de Gea is also another big name left out of Spain’s squad with Brentford and Brighton goalkeepers David Raya and Robert Sanchez picked ahead of the Manchester United goalkeeper.
Spain are in Group E for the tournament in Qatar with Costa Rica, Germany and Japan.
Hakimi criticises Spain for dropping Ramos
Meanwhile, Spain’s omission of Sergio Ramos from La Roja’s final 26-man squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has been receiving backlash from some quarters.
Ramos will miss out on an opportunity to play at his 5th World Cup after Spain boss, Luis Enrique opted against taking the Paris Saint-Germain defender to Qatar.
Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi has now criticized the decision to drop his fellow PSG teammate from Spain’s squad to the World Cup.
Source: Sports Brief News