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Madrid and Atletico players vie for final Euro 2016 spots

31 May 2016, 21:42

Madrid — Three players from Real Madrid and three from Atletico Madrid will compete for the final four spots in Spain's squad for the European Championship.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque on Tuesday announced a list with 19 players who will make it to France, leaving the final four spots available to the players who participated in Saturday's Champions League final between Madrid and Atletico.

Seven players from the Madrid clubs had been included in the preliminary list released two weeks ago, but Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal was ruled out of the tournament because of a muscle injury sustained in the final in Milan.

The six players vying for the final four spots are Madrid's Sergio Ramos, Isco Alarcon and Lucas Vazquez, as well as Atletico's Juanfran, Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion and Saul Niguez.

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Juanfran and Ramos, who scored Madrid's goal in the Champions League final, are set to make the team. There are some doubts about Koke's fitness following Saturday's final, but he is also expected to be included in the squad.

The 21-year-old Niguez is likely to one of the players dropped, and the final spot would be filled by either Isco or Vazquez.

Niguez was a surprise addition to the initial list released by Del Bosque, who left out veteran strikers such as Diego Costa and Fernando Torres.

Spain, the winner of the last two European Championships, defeated Bosnia 2-1 on Sunday in the first of its three warm-up matches before traveling to training camp in France. It will still play South Korea in Austria on Wednesday and Georgia on June 7 in Getafe.

Spain's first game at Euro 2016 is against the Czech Republic on June 13 in Toulouse. Its other Group D matches are against Turkey on June 17 in Nice and Croatia on June 21 in Bordeaux.

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- AP


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