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Dropped Spanish winger Joaquin says national team "a mess"

Dropped Spanish winger Joaquin says national team "a mess"

Joaquin Sanchez has described the Spain squad as being in chaos after he and Raul Gonzalez were dropped for the European Championship qualifier against Sweden.
Spain lost 3-2 to Northern Ireland last month and coach Luis Aragones offered to resign. It was refused, but former captain Raul, Sanchez, Mariano Pernia and Borja Oubina were left out for Saturday's Group F game.
"Right now, the national team is a mess, chaos," Sanchez told Spanish radio on Thursday. "And Luis doesn't know how to handle it in these difficult moments."
Raul, Spain's all-time leading scorer, recently ended an 11-month scoring drought for Real Madrid with two goals in a Champions League match and the equalizer in the derby against Atletico de Madrid.
"Raul could have been left out many times before, but this week he deserves to be in the squad and these things make you feel odd," Joaquin said.
Joaquin, who moved from Real Betis to Valencia in the offseason, has played for Spain since 2002.
"To be sincere, I don't think I've ever had the confidence of coach Luis Aragones," Joaquin said. "Not being called this time was no surprise. I know that what I'm saying is not going to help me get back into the national team, but it's what I feel."


Updated : 2021-04-15 04:55 GMT+08:00