Football: Caminero kept in dark over team selection

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Jose Luis Caminero may have proved crucial to Atletico Madrid's domestic championship season, but he may not make Spain's starting line- up for tomorrow's Group B match against Bulgaria.

The influential midfielder is well aware that the Spanish coach, Javier Clemente, prefers to keep his players guessing as to his team selection, yet Caminero's chances have been diminished following his declaration that he wishes to leave Atletico.

Caminero, a key member of Spain's 1994 World Cup side, was not included in the first-team line-up in the past three practice matches. However, Caminero shrugged off suggestions that his problems with Atletico were affecting his form and attitude for Euro 96. "That's already over," he said. "I'm not interested in anything except thinking about the national team."

Caminero rates Spain as one of four favourites for the title, along with Germany, England and France. "There are several teams with good chances but no clear favourite," he said. "We can reach the final if we get that little quota of luck any team needs to become champions."

Javier Manjarin, of Deportivo La Coruna, is the more likely choice on the right side of midfield. Caminero can play on either side but Real Madrid's Jose Amavisca, just back from injury, is vying for the left position. The defence and attack seem settled, however, with Julen Guerrero as a deep lying playmaker and Juan Antonio Pizzi as the sole striker.