Mata and Costa axed from Spain’s Euro 2016 squad

Date published: Tuesday 17th May 2016 11:41

Juan Mata: Not included by Spain

Juan Mata: Not included by Spain

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata and Chelsea striker Diego Costa have been left out of Spain’s provisional squad for Euro 2016.

Vicente del Bosque has named 25 players for the tournament, so he will need to axe two players from that number by May 31, but neither 41-cap Mata or 10-cap Costa will be in France.

Mata played three times in qualifying and featured in Spain’s last six games, while Costa, who started recently against England, featured four times in qualifying but both have been axed.

Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has also been overlooked at Atletico Madrid along with Valencia forward Paco Alcacer. Aritz Aduriz, Nolito, Alvaro Morata and Lucas Vazquez will be Spain’s forward options.

The midfield options include Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas and Pedro, Bruno Soriano, Sergio Busquets, Koke, Thiago Alcantara, Andres Iniesta, Isco, Man City playmaker David Silva and Saul Niguez.

Iker Casillas, David De Gea and Sergio Rico are the three goalkeepers while in defence Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Dani Carvajal, Jordi Alba, Marc Bartra, Cesar Azpilicueta, Mikel San Jose and Juanfran all get the nod.

Del Bosque has named a number of reserves, including Villarreal’s Sergio Asenjo and Denis Suarez, Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams, Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal and Malaga’s Pablo Fornals.

Provisional Spain squad for Euro 2016: Casillas, De Gea, Rico, Ramos, Pique, Carvajal, Alba, Bartra, Azpilicueta, San Jose, Juanfran, Bruno, Busquets, Koke, Thiago, Iniesta, Isco, Silva, Pedro, Cesc, Saul, Aduriz, Nolito, Morata, Lucas Vazquez.

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