Vicente del Bosque’s decision to leave Juan Mata out of Spain’s squad for the international break was simply based on competition for places.
Mata has come into a rich vein of form at Manchester United in recent weeks which peaked with his match winning performance against Liverpool at the weekend and it has led to widespread praise for the Spanish midfielder.
His form didn’t come early enough for del Bosque to earn him a place in the squad but the Spain boss is aware of how well he is doing with Man United.
“All the players who have come deserve it,” Del Bosque said.
“Bueno and Mata have not been included because they have to compete for a place with the playmakers that we already have. It is not a decision on a whim. We are not here to give prizes to anyone but to bring the best players to try to win Ukraine. We try to bring the best players and the ones who give us more solutions.”
However, del Bosque didn’t have any comment to make about Ander Herrera. He has been in fantastic form for United this year but is yet to make his Spain debut and it doesn’t sound like that is going to happen soon, although it is richly deserved.