Mata surprised at Spain axe

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata has revealed his shock at being axed from the Spain squad but has vowed to return.

Last Updated: 11/10/12 at 09:25 Post Comment

Juan Mata: Omitted from Vicente Del Bosque's Spain squad

Juan Mata: Omitted from Vicente Del Bosque's Spain squad

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The form of the 24-year-old has been a key factor in the Blues moving to the top of the Premier League table.

And the former Valencia man also scored in the final of Euro 2012 as Spain crushed Italy 4-0 in Kiev in July.

But coach Vicente Del Bosque has not selected the player for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and France - and Mata's disappointment is obvious.

"I was excited about these games and confident I would make the squad," he said, quoted in The Sun.

"I've not spoken to the manager. The only thing I can do is keep playing well in order for him to pick me."


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think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

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e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

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n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

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