Euro 2024: Asensio, Vazquez and Gavi Headline 5 Top Stars Overlooked From Spain’s Squad

Euro 2024: Asensio, Vazquez and Gavi Headline 5 Top Stars Overlooked From Spain’s Squad

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
May 27, 2024 at 12:14 PM
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  • Spain has named a 29-man provisional squad for Euro 2024
  • La Roja's squad interestingly saw a few notable exclusions
  • Here are six top stars snubbed by coach, Luis De la Fuente

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Spain has unveiled its provisional squad for Euro 2024, joining other top nations like England, Italy, France, and the Netherlands in preparing for the tournament in Germany.

The announcement, made on Monday, May 27, includes Barcelona's rising stars Pau Cubarsi, Lamine Yamal, and Fermin Lopez.

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Marco Asensio, Gavi and Lucas Vazquez are among the top stars excluded from Spain's squad for Euro 2024. Photos by Franco Arland, Juan Manuel Serrano Arce and Alex Caparros.
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However, Pablo Gavi was left out due to his ongoing recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, per The Athletic.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League utility player, Lucas Vazquez, is another notable omission from Luis De la Fuente's lineup.

In light of these selections, Sports Brief examines the five top players excluded as Euro 2024 draws near.

The top 5 stars excluded from Spain's squad

1. Lucas Vazquez

One notable exclusion from Luis De la Fuente's provisional squad is Real Madrid's Lucas Vazquez.

The 32-year-old has been instrumental in Los Blancos' stellar season, showcasing his versatility by playing multiple roles, including as a makeshift right-back.

Remarkably, all three of his goals and eight assists this season have come from the right-back position, according to Transfermarkt.

Given Spain's lack of depth in this area, Vazquez arguably deserved a spot in the squad over Jesus Navas.

2. Marco Asensio

Yet another notable player with Madrid ties is Paris Saint-Germain winger, Marco Asensio.

After spending seven years at Real Madrid, he moved to PSG, seeking more playing time to boost his chances for Euro 2024.

However, a combination of nagging injuries and subpar performances ultimately excluded him from De la Fuente's final squad for next month's competition.

3. Pedro Porro

Pedro Porro's exclusion from the squad is truly perplexing, to say the least.

He has been a consistent presence in Ange Postecoglou's Tottenham Hotspur team, playing an impressive 35 Premier League games in the recently concluded 2023-24 season.

Arguably the best Spanish fullback in Europe's top five leagues, aside from Alex Grimaldo and perhaps Dani Carvajal, Porro's seven assists this season are second only to Grimaldo among those selected for Euro 2024.

4. Pau Torres

Another surprising omission is Aston Villa centre-back, Pau Torres.

The former Villarreal defender played a crucial role in helping the Villans secure a spot in next season's Champions League. Unfortunately, he will not have the opportunity to add to his 24 caps for La Roja.

Torres' impressive performances should have earned him a place in the squad heading to Germany, arguably over Aymeric Laporte, who currently plays for Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League.

5. Kepa Arrizabalaga

Given the depth Spain has in the goalkeeping department, Kepa's exclusion is not entirely surprising.

At one point, he was the undisputed No.1 for La Roja, but his dip in form and an uneventful spell with Real Madrid have cost him a trip to the Euros.

Currently, the three-time European champions are spoiled for choice in goal and will not miss Kepa.

Rashford, other 4 stars snubbed by England

In a related article, Sports Brief also previously analysed the top five players Gareth Southgate snubbed ahead of England's Euro 2024 campaign.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Jordan Henderson were among the prominent names left out of the provisional 33-man Three Lions squad.

Southgate announced his selections for the pre-Euro camp last Tuesday, May 21, with some fans commenting on those omitted from the side.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.