Enrique – Decision to exclude players is not personal

Spain boss and former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has insisted that the exclusion of players is not down to personal reasons but sporting reasons.

This is coming after Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba was yet again left out by the new Spanish gaffer.

Luis Enrique announced the 23-man squad on Thursday ahead of the games against Wales and England, with Jordi Alba excluded.

In a chat with reporters, Enrique stated: “I do not discuss players who are not in the squad”

“However, anyone not selected is because of sporting reasons, not personal ones and there are only 23 players who I can select – if possible, I could bring in many more who could do a job.

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“Paco Alcacer? I know him well, he was fantastic at Valencia and was with me at Barcelona, although he probably did not receive as much playing time as he would have liked.

“He is now playing and doing very well at Dortmund, he is scoring goals because some players are unavailable, I am very happy.

“Isco? His unavailability is complicated because he is a crucial player and there is no replacement who can do what he does for us.

“This is an opportunity for other players to come in and show what they can do, to be alert and know they have the possibility for playing.

“Jonny Castro? He played many times at right back (for Celta Vigo) last season but now he is playing on the other side of the defence.

“Alvaro Morata? He has not played much, maybe he can show me what he can do in the friendly with Wales ahead of the key clash with England.”

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