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Raul Gonzalez left out

MADRID: Raul Gonzalez, forward and captain for soccer giant Real Madrid, has been left out of the shortlist of the national team’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Sweden in Stockholm on October 7. Raul was also excluded from the October 13 friendly against Argentina, team manager Luis Aragones said. Local media said it was the first time that Aragones had left an uninjured Raul, 29, off the list since 1996 when he debuted with the national squad. Since 1996, Raul has played 102 games for the national side and scored 44 goals. — Agencies