Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos has accepted his omission form Spain’s Euro 2020 squad is as a result of a “f*cked up few months” at Real Madrid.
Luis Enrique named his final 24-man squad for this summer’s European Championship yesterday with Ramos the most notable absentee given his status as the national team captain.
Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets will be taking up leadership duties for La Roja instead of the 35-year-old, who has conceded that he is not physically ready to participate in a major tournament.
Ramos endured an injury-plagued 2020-21 campaign at Real which saw him restricted to just 21 appearances across all competitions, and has only started two games since undergoing knee surgery in January.
The centre-back has reluctantly admitted that he needs more time to make a full recovery, writing on Twitter and Instagram: “After a f*cked up few months and a strange season unlike anything I have experienced in my career comes the Euros.
“I have fought and worked body and soul every day to be able to reach 100 per cent with Real Madrid and the national team, but things do not always go the way you want.
“It hurts me not to have been able to help my team more and not defend Spain but, in this case, it is better to rest, fully recover well and, next year, return as we have always done.
“It hurts not to represent your country, but you have to be honest and sincere. A big shout to everyone and #VivaEspana and #HalaMadrid always!”
Enrique revealed that he informed Ramos of his decision after Real’s final game of the Liga season on Sunday, which they won 2-1 against Villarreal.
“Ramos has not been able to compete this season, he has not been able to train with the group,” said the Spain boss. “I called him last night, it was difficult and hard.
“I clearly see that it’s a complicated decision. I recommended that he be selfish and that he regains his level to play in his club and in the national team.”
Ramos has been a mainstay in the La Roja starting lineup over the past 17 years, with Euro 2004 marking the last time that he was absent for a major tournament.
The experienced defender has racked up 180 caps for his country to date, scoring 23 goals, while also getting his hands on the World Cup and two European Championship titles.
After being left out of Enrique’s final squad, attention will now switch to Ramos’ future at Real as he edges towards the final month of his current contract.
The two parties have yet to reach an agreement over an extension, with the Spain international reportedly holding out for a fresh two-year deal.
Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), David de Gea (Manchester United), Robert Sanchez (Brighton)
Defenders: Jose Gaya (Valencia), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Eric Garcia (Manchester City), Diego Llorente (Leeds), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri (Manchester City), Pedri (Barcelona), Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Fabian Ruiz (Napoli), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid)
Forwards: Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Ferran Torres (Manchester City), Adama Traore (Wolves), Pablo Sarabia (Paris St-Germain)