Why aren’t David de Gea and Sergio Ramos playing for Spain at the World Cup? Experienced pair both miss out on place in Qatar

    David de Gea and Sergio Ramos have been stalwarts in the Spain national side for a long time.

    But they both missed the final cut for Luis Enrique’s squad as the 2010 World Champions begin their tournament in Qatar.

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    Ramos and De Gea have racked up over 200 international appearances between them

    La Roja’s last two tournaments have been very disappointing and De Gea and Ramos could be sacrificed as Spain look to mount a serious challenge.

    Why could De Gea and Ramos miss the World Cup?

    Despite playing for Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, two of the world’s biggest clubs, it seems Enrique is trying to focus on the next generation of players in the Spain squad.

    De Gea played every minute of the 2018 World Cup but has found himself dropping down the pecking order since.

    The 32-year-old has consistently been one of the top-flight’s best goalkeepers, but he hasn’t played a game for his country since October 2020.

    De Gea hasn’t had the best time representing his country

    De Gea hasn’t had the best time representing his country

    Spain lost 1-0 to Ukraine and De Gea was relegated to the bench but still in the squad.

    But from March this year, Enrique has excluded him and he hasn’t been included in his 55-man provisional squad.

    That means De Gea won’t be going to the World Cup.

    Meanwhile, Ramos hasn’t played for Spain since he swapped Real Madrid for PSG.

    Injuries have played a part, but the multiple Champions League winner wasn’t selected for the delayed Euro 2020 tournament as Enrique preferred younger alternatives.

    He was included in the provisional 55-man squad but will miss this World Cup after featuring in the last four.

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    Ramos is a former captain and helped Spain lift the World Cup in 2010

    Speaking to Mundo Deportivo ahead of the tournament, he said: “Everyone knows what it means to defend those colours.

    “I feel good again, I feel prepared, but ultimately it doesn’t depend on me but on Luis Enrique, whom I respect a lot. 

    “I still have a lot of excitement to return and play this World Cup. I hope I can be in Qatar.”

    Unfortunately, his hopes were not enough and he will watch the tournament from home.

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