Hector Bellerin will have to cancel a holiday with his family after being named in Spain’s final squad for Euro 2016.
Arsenal defender Bellerin made his international debut in Spain’s 3-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday, but was expected to be behind Atletico Madrid’s Juanfran and Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal in the pecking order.
However, after Carvajal picked up an injury in the Champions League final, the door has been opened for Bellerin to travel to France, while Spain’s best XI to miss the tournament has been further strengthened.
Speaking ahead of the squad announcement, Bellerin said: “Firstly, I want Carvajal to recover well and quickly. He’s a teammate and that’s most important. As for me, I’m here until the coach tells me otherwise.”
“I’m available for whatever the coach needs from me. I’m delighted for the experience. I had planned a holiday with my family but I’m happy to cancel it for the call of the national team.”
Spain have taken the strange step of naming 19 of their 23-man squad on Tuesday morning, with the four remaining spots to be announced later in the afternoon.
Chelsea trio Cesar Azpilicueta, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas have all made the cut, alongside Manchester City’s David Silva.
— Selección Española (@SeFutbol) May 31, 2016