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|EURO 2012 Special: The unlucky trio who missed out for Spain|
The provisional teams for EURO 2012 may have been named several weeks ago, but coaches have now culled their squads down to 23. SoccerAnchor takes a look at those who missed out, and how much it could hurt Spain. Daniel Quinn investigates…
PLAYER ONE: ROBERTO SOLDADO
The most controversial decision from Spanish Coach Vicente Del Bosque was to leave out Roberto Soldado and to select Fernando Torres. The 27-year-old has scored twenty goals or more in the last three seasons and a whopping 52 in 95 games this past season for Valencia. Surely that form merits a spot in the Euro 2012 squad? No.
Despite scoring a hat-trick in February against Venezuela, the former Real Madrid forward was still left out and Chelsea’s Fernando Torres was selected, despite a poor season. It seems like Del Bosque went with the big name, in Torres, rather than the inform Soldado.
Another former Real Madrid forward, in Alvaro Negredo, now at Sevilla was also selected. Negredo is unlikely to get much game time with Torres, Fernando Llorente, Juan Mata and David Silva all vying for the centre-forward position. Some would wonder why Soldado wasn’t handed a spot over Torres or Negredo, only Del Bosque would know.
PLAYER TWO: NACHO MONREAL
Spain have gone into EURO 2012 with a weak defence with the likes of inexperienced duo Juanfran and Jordi Alba on either side of defence, although the former is unlikely to start.
One player who just missed the cut was Nacho Monreal. The left-fullback has had a great debut season with Malaga, after moving from Osasuna and is attracting interest from many top clubs. The 26-year-old also impressed during the pre-tournament friendlies and will be definitely involved in the future, but one would think, why wasn’t the Pamplona born defender selected to add depth to the defence?
Del Bosque has a vast number of options in midfield, and maybe it came down to no more available spots, as the former Champions League winning manager wanted to have as much versatility in midfield to add to his repertoire.
PLAYER THREE: ADRIAN
Adrian Lopez, or simply Adrian, was also left out. The versatile forward, who can play out wide or up top, could have added another option for Del Bosque in the attacking third, but the Spanish Coach decided not to.
The Atletico Madrid forward, like Soldado and Monreal, had a great season playing out wide and supplying Falcao, scoring 19 goals in 55 games. The 24-year-old also impressed at the U21 European Championships in Denmark last year, finishing top goalscorer with five goals.
Like Monreal, Del Bosque may have thought there were far too many better and experienced players in the front third, for Del Bosque to include Adrian. But at the tender age of 24, the former Deportivo La Coruna forward still has plenty of time to cement a spot in the National line-up.