Neither Fernando Torres or Juan Mata have been included in Spain’s starting line-up to play Italy in their opening match of Euro 2012.
The current holders have elected to play without a recognised striker, while as expected, David Silva is preferred to Mata.
It is thought Cesc fabregas will play furthest forward, but the news of Torres’ omission will come as a surprise for the striker, who was expected to be named in the stating XI in the absence of David Villa who misses the tournament through injury.
As the nation remembers the centenary of the First World War, we wanted to share this heartbreaking letter sent by Air Mechanic Raymond Keith Barlow to his ‘mam’ back home just before he leaves for the war. He reassures her that the war will soon be over and asks her to give some money to a relative – but he never made it home.