Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin has earned a place in Spain’s squad for the European Championships, despite making his senior international debut only on Sunday.
The defender was in fine form for the Gunners this season, and even earned a place in the PFA Team of the Year.
Despite his award-winning term for his club, he was initially left out of the provisional Spain squad for the upcoming tournament, although competition is tough for the the holders of the tournament.
Dani Carvajal picked up an injury in the Champions League final on Saturday, forcing Vicente Del Bosque to reassess his options, and Bellerin has now been confirmed as having been granted a place in the official squad for Euro 2016.
The 21 year-old is likely to battle it out with Cesar Azpilicueta for the right-back role, although Atletico Madrid’s Juanfran is on the maybe list for the tournament, and could also enter proceedings for the role.
Spain have named 19 of their 23-man squad, with another four names to be confirmed later on today, with Sergio Ramos, Isco, Lucas Vazquez, Juanfran, Koke and Saul Niguez hoping to be included.
Defender Niguez is expected to be one of those missing out, while arguments could be made for the inclusion of the remainder.
For me, Lucas Vazquez could be left out, due to inexperience, with some reports claiming it could be between him and Isco for the remaining spot.
Isco hasn’t started a match for his country since October, but has 14 senior caps in total. Lucas is yet to even make the bench of a senior side, but has enjoyed an important role for Real Madrid this season.
If Isco misses out, maybe Arsenal could benefit from such a situation?