Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022

FILE PHOTO: Sergio Ramos of Paris St Germain. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Spain defender Sergio Ramos said he was disappointed that he was dropped from the World Cup squad after returning to full fitness after a calf injury that limited his time at Paris St Germain last season.

Spain coach Luis Enrique has revealed his 26-man squad for the tournament in Qatar, leaving out veteran players like Ramos, midfielder Thiago Alcantara, defender Marcos Alonso and goalkeeper David de Gea.

Ramos, 36, who joined PSG last year after 16 trophy-filled years at Real Madrid, wrote an emotional letter to fans after missing his chance to play in his fifth World Cup.

“I’m committed to getting myself, my body, and my soul back to healing and feeling like I’ve always had … Fortunately, this season I can say that I’m feeling like myself again and starting to enjoy football,” Ramos wrote on Instagram.

“The World Cup? Of course it was one of those big dreams that I wanted to achieve. It would be the fifth one but unfortunately I will have to watch it at home,” Ramos said.

Ramos won the 2010 World Cup with Spain.

“It’s tough, but the sun will still rise in the morning,” he said. “I wouldn’t change anything about myself. It’s not my mentality. It’s not my passion. My commitment is not my effort and commitment.

Spain will play in a friendly match against Jordan, ahead of the World Cup opening match against Costa Rica on Thursday.

They will also face Germany and Japan in Group E in Qatar.

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