Raúl González will not be going to the European Championships with Spain after being left out of a list of 31 names called upon to have inoculations for the tournament.
Coach Luis Aragonés was forced to name a pool of players from which he will name his squad in May after UEFA stated that every team member be vaccinated against a outbreak of Central European Encephalitis and that means having the jabs early.
Reluctantly, the veteran trainer has given over the names and Raúl's absence is not that unexpected with the Real Madrid skipper not having represented his country since September 2006. Aragonés has chosen to name the players that he tried once or twice with Barça's Bojan Krkic, Sevilla's Andrés Palop and Getafe duo Rubén de la Red and Pablo Hernández being included.
The absence of Raúl may meet with an outcry from the Madrid-biased press, such as
The 31 players called up on to have the vaccinations are:
Real Madrid - Iker Casillas, Serio Ramos