Euro 2020: 4 Players Who Are Expected to Have a Major Impact in Luis Enrique's Spain Squad

Luis Enrique did not pick a single Real Madrid player in his Spain squad
Luis Enrique did not pick a single Real Madrid player in his Spain squad / JAVIER SORIANO/Getty Images

Luis Enrique caused a stir when Spain's squad for Euro 2020 was announced, and not a single Real Madrid player had been named. Sergio Ramos missed out after a troubling injury-laden season, in which he has played just seven times this calendar year.

However, Enrique has a bright squad to work with, which includes Manchester City stars Aymeric Laporte, Ferran Torres, Rodri, and Eric Garcia, and Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta. Manchester United’s David de Gea, Athletic Bilbao stopper Unai Simon, and Brighton glovesman Robert Sanchez are Spain’s goalkeeping options.

Here are the four most important players to look out for in Spain's squad for Euro 2020.

4. Aymeric Laporte

Aymeric Laporte
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With Ramos missing out, a lot of expectations will be placed on Laporte, who has effectively taken the captain's place in the Spain squad. Laporte, who recently switched allegiance from France, still hasn’t played senior international football, but has been handed an opportunity by Enrique to prove his worth. Former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui had previously made attempts to bring Laporte into his squad in 2016.

3. Thiago Alcantara

Thiago Alcantara
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The Liverpool man has suffered with injury in his first season in the Premier League, but found his form towards the end of the season. Thiago is comfortable sitting in the midfield and dictating play, while also offering expansive option to Sergio Busquets. His presence will, no doubt, be crucial when Spain come up against Poland and Robert Lewandowski in Seville on 19th June.

2. Ferran Torres

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The youngster bagged a hat-trick against Germany in November, and has been extremely prolific for Manchester City as they bagged the Premier League title. Alongside Adama Traore and Rodri, Torres is part of a cohort of young talent pushing into the first team. Torres will be looking to bounce back from City's Champions League disappointment and make an impact at Euro 2020.

1. David de Gea

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The Manchester United goalkeeper hasn't had the best of luck in his domestic season with the Red Devils, having being cast aside for the younger Dean Henderson. But, De Gea will be looking to replicate his European form in the Spain shirt. De Gea will no doubt be looking to get over a disappointing domestic season and hope for a better performance at the Euros.