Mata, Costa miss out on Euro 2016
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Spain releases provisional squad for Euro 2016
Manchester United's Midfielder Juan Mata, Chelsea's striker Diego Costa, Arsenal's midfielder Santi Carzola, and surprisingly Atletico Madrid's striker Fernando Torres are among the big names that have been left out of selection for the coming Euro 2016 tournament. Judging from the individual accomplishments of the excluded players this season, it's hard to understand why a players like Fernando Torres who has had a fine season would be skipped.
Vicente Del Bosque has explained himself regarding the matter: "We've evaluated the situation and we didn't want to have an overload of players who were in an uncertain situation; we preferred not to bring them,"
Spain have been hugely dominated in the last tournaments of this championship could find it hard to bag this title for a fourth time. They have built their squads picking up players from FC Barcelona, Real Madrid on a large extent and managed to win the the 2010 FIFA World Cup before claiming victory in the Euro 2012. The point is that Spain is still clinging on theses same players who have been exhausted in their domestic clubs and have won all kinds of titles and age has caught up with most of them. Besides these players don't have much of thirst for titles as they have won the FIFA World Cup (2010), 2 consecutive European titles (2008,2012).
You could take a look at the provisional squad and be the judge; The Goal Keeping role has been taken care of with Iker Casillas (Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla).
Spain's defense will be sorted with Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Mikel San José (Athletic Club), Juanfran (Atlético Madrid) while the midfield has attracted Bruno Soriano (Villarreal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Koke (Atlético Madrid), Thiago Alcântara (Bayern), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Isco (Real Madrid), Pedro Rodríguez (Chelsea), Cesc Fábregas (Chelsea), Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético Madrid).
The Striking role has been awarded to Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Álvaro Morata (Juventus), Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).
It's undeniable that Spain has produced incredible talent over the years and their Spanish La Liga has attracted alot of World Class talents but their National team could face the same fate as they did during the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil when they faced the exit door sooner than they expected.