Vicente Del Bosque has named his 25-man squad for Euro 2016 and has not included an Arsenal player.
Defenders Héctor Bellerín and Nacho Monreal were not expected to be called up despite their superb seasons and injury has cost Santi Cazorla his place.
Cazorla has won 77 caps for Spain, scoring 14 times. He was heavily involved in the qualifying campaign for Euro 2016, with Vicente Del Bosque frequently using him in the central midfield role he has moved to with Arsenal.
The midfielder played seven of Spain’s 10 games in qualifying, starting on five occasions and scoring twice. He also scored on his last appearance for his country against England back in November, but injury has seen him miss out.
A return to first team football came on Sunday after over five months out and Del Bosque is clearly unconvinced by the 31-year-old’s fitness. Cazorla was a member of the Spain squad in each of the last two European Championships, which they won, but will stay at home this summer.
Monreal and Bellerín can also consider themselves unlucky after fantastic seasons for Arsenal. Monreal has won 16 caps for Spain, but his last came in 2013 and, now 30, he doesn’t look likely to force his way back in.
At right-back, Bellerín faced stiff competition and is kept waiting for his first senior appearance. He has been called up for pre-tournament friendlies but won’t feature at the European Championships.
It does, at least, mean all three players will have the summer off. With so much of the Arsenal squad involved in tournament football this summer, it’s positive for Arsène Wenger to have three first team players back and fresh for all of pre-season.