Armenia national football team captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan has reacted to his omission from the squad for upcoming matches against Croatia and Sweden, saying the reasons presented by coaching staff are not convincing.
“To my surprise, I have been informed by the coaching staff of the Armenian National Team that, for whatever reasons, I was not called up for the upcoming international games. The provided official reasons are not convincing to me. Nevertheless, I stand beside our boys and wish them the best of luck in the matches to come” The AS Roma playmaker tweeted.
To my suprise, I’ve been informed by the coaching staff of the Armenian National Team that, for whatever reasons, I wasn’t called up for the upcoming games. The provided official reasons aren’t convincing to me. I wish however the best of luck to our boys in the matches to come.
— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) May 24, 2021
The head coach of the Armenian national team Joaquín Caparrós announced the squad to face Croatia and Sweden in international friendlies with number of first team players missing.
Mkhitaryan, the high profile absentee was quick to make his feelings known to the public.
The former Arsenal and Manchester United player was vocal about the war took place between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region.
The matches are scheduled to June 1 and 5 respectively as both Croatia and Sweden are preparing for European Championship.
“We value their role very much, but this time we decided to give them a chance to rest, to see some young people at work. I think there can be no better opportunity for them. We have invited the players who have performed well in the domestic league, we want to test their abilities in the games against strong teams like Croatia and Sweden,” the head coach said to the national football team website.