It is no surprise that Leeds United forward Rodrigo has not been selected in the Spain squad for March’s World Cup qualifiers.
That’s according to former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Rodrigo’s international prospects.
Rodrigo, 30, has been a regular inclusion in recent Spain squads but his last few months have been disrupted through injury.
He missed six games with a groin injury in February and he was not included in Marcelo Bielsa’s matchday squad for Friday’s 2-1 win over Fulham.
Phillips insists Rodrigo’s international snub is no shock as Spain look ahead to this summer’s delayed European Championships.
“All the national sides will have one eye on the European Championships in the summer,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“If you’re not playing regularly for your club side then it becomes even more difficult to pick a player who’s lacking game time and sharpness and Rodrigo falls into that category.
“Let’s not forget, we’re talking about Spain here. They aren’t the force they used to be but they still have very good quality players.
“But to me, it isn’t a surprise that he hasn’t made the Spain squad.”
Rodrigo has three goals and one assist under his belt as a Leeds player since he joined the club from Valencia last summer.
Bielsa will be hoping Rodrigo is available for Leeds’ next game against Sheffield United as he has the duration of the international break to find his fitness.
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