Sergio Ramos has reacted to being left out of Luis Enrique's 24-man Spain squad for the upcoming UEFA European Championship.
The Spain boss announced his selection on Monday afternoon, and it is one that excludes national team captain Sergio Ramos, whom the manager did not feel was in the best shape for the tournament.
This is the first time the Real Madrid captain will miss a major competition for Spain since 2004, but the 35-year-old has conceded that this decision from Enrique was the correct one.
"After a tough few months and a strange season unlike anything I have experienced in my career comes the Euros," Ramos wrote on Twitter.
"I have fought and worked every day, in body and soul, to be able to reach 100% for Real Madrid and the national team, but things don't always work out the way we'd like.
"It pains me not to have been able to help my team more and not to play for Spain but, in this case, the best thing to do is rest, fully recover and come back next year like we've always done. It hurts not to represent your country, but I have to be honest and sincere.
"I wish all my teammates the very best of luck and I hope we have a great Euros. I'll be another fan cheering on from home."
Ramos has made 180 appearances for Spain to date, scoring 23 goals and winning two European Championships and a FIFA World Cup with La Furia Roja.
Click through the gallery below to see more high-profile Spanish players who did not make the cut: