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Chelsea star dumped from Spain squad

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Spain coach Vincente Del Bosque has left Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata out of his squad to face France.

Mata was left out of the previous squad after Chelsea and Spanish officials he needed the rest following a hectic summer - Mata competed at Euro 2012 and the Olympics in London.

But Del Bosque has confirmed Mata's omission this time around is simply because he has too many other players ahead of the Chelsea star in the pecking order.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper AS, Del Bosque said: "We have a problem with quantity, not quality. It really hurts me deep down to have to leave out players, because there are a lot of players that could be in the squad but are not.

"We didn't call him up last time because we agreed with Chelsea we'd give him a break because he had no summer holiday.

"But this time around there's just no room for him, but it's very difficult for us to leave him out."

Mata is a victim of Spain's impressive strength in depth, especially in the attacking midfield position.

The Stamford Bridge playmaker has to compete with Barcelona's Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Xavi, Arsenal's Santi Cazorla, Manchester City's David Silva and Sevilla's Jesus Navas just for a place in the squad.

The Blues midfielder did travel to Euro 2012, and although he played a bit-part role from the substitutes bench, Mata did come on in the final to score in the 4-0 victory over Italy.

Chelsea have one representative in the squad, striker Fernando Torres.

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