Marcos Alonso
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Marcos Alonso has been left out of Spain’s squad for their upcoming fixtures against Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Alonso had an electric start to life under Maurizio Sarri. He forced his way into the Spain squad and was handed his first start for his country against England at Wembley.

It looked as though new Spain boss Luis Enrique was an admirer of Alonso. We had hoped that he would finally get the recognition he deserves on the national stage.

It appears not…

Enrique has opted against recalling Alonso, instead naming Jose Gaya and Jordi Alba among his defensive options.

Alonso will be incredibly frustrated that this has turned out to be a false dawn. A player of his calibre should be starting every game for his country, yet he can’t even get in the squad.

Marcos needs to take this one on the chin, get his head down and make him impossible to ignore. Enrique, on the other hand, needs to tune into more Chelsea games.

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