Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque has overlooked Arsenal trio Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla for his provisional squad for the upcoming European Championships next month.
Many countries have named their provisional squads ahead of the upcoming Euro2016 tournament in France this summer. Spain have now released the names included on their list, and is does not feature a single Gunner.
Hector Bellerin has had a great season in England, and even earned a place in the PFA Team of the Year. Despite his consistency for his club and his growth in stature and experience, he remains without a single call-up to the Spain senior side.
Nacho Monreal for me had a better season on the left of the defence, and was a surprise exclusion in the PFA Team of the Year. The 16-cap international now looks unlikely to add to his tally of appearances for his country, which is a shame.
Chelsea’s Cesar ‘Dave’ Azpilicueta was selected ahead of the pair, but his season was far from his best, and his inclusion is almost like a dig at our pair. The Blues Cesc Fabregas was also included in the squad, while another of our key stars was overlooked again.
Santi Cazorla has been an enigma since joining us from Malaga in 2012, but it appears likely that his fitness issues this term have played a big part in him being overlooked. He is also likely to have played his last game for his country, having turned 31 during the season.
I suppose we should appreciate the extra rest that our players will get ahead of the new campaign, but I feel like our players more than deserved their places. If Dave was not going, who would you take in his place? Hector or Nacho?