Spain’s captain Sergio Ramos has not been included in coach Luis Enrique’s Euro 2020 squad after an injury-troubled 2020-21 season.
Aymeric Laporte, who only this month switched his allegiance from France to Spain, is among the centre back options to have been preferred to the Real Madrid veteran.
Ramos was part of the national team that won three consecutive major tournaments between 2008 and 2012.
He has remained a key man for club and country ever since, breaking Italy great Gianluigi Buffon’s all-time international appearances mark of 177 earlier this season.
The 35-year-old has had the armband for Spain under Luis Enrique but played only 50 minutes of the March World Cup qualifiers against Greece and Kosovo before returning to Madrid injured.
Ramos was limited to only 21 appearances in all competitions for Madrid this term, missing 31 matches.
Manager Luis Enrique did not name a single Real Madrid player in his finals squad.