Hector Bellerin has been selected by the Spanish national team for the first time as they prepare for their Euro 2016 qualifiers with Slovakia and Macedonia.
Since making his debut in the Carling Cup two years ago the 20-year-old has established himself as Arsenal’s first choice right-back, scored his first goals for the club and made his debut – in March – for his country’s under-21 side.
His latest promotion further consolidates a stellar rise to prominence and comes as a much deserved reward for a promising start to the season.
Santi Cazorla joins Bellerin in Vicente del Bosque’s squad with Juan Mata and Diego Costa also earning recalls.
Congratulations to Hector, we wish him the best of luck…there’s a lot of twats in that squad.
Full Spain squad
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David De Gea (Manchester United) and Sergio Rico (Sevilla)
Defenders: Juanfran Torres (Atlético de Madrid), Gerard Piqué, Marc Bartra and Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Daniel Carvajal, Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Juan Bernat (Bayern Múnich) and César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Hector Bellerin (Arsenal).
Midfielders: Jorge Resurrección ‘Koke’ (Atlético de Madrid), Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona); Francisco Alarcón ‘Isco’ (Real Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Víctor Machín ‘Vitolo’ (Sevilla), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) and Juan Mata (Manchester United).
Forwards: Paco Alcácer (Valencia), Diego Costa (Chelsea), Pedro Rodríguez (Chelsea) and David Silva (Manchester City).
Update – We’re not quite sure what’s going on, but the confirmation story on Arsenal.com has been removed. Did they make a mistake or jump the gun? We’ll keep tabs. Interestingly there’s nothing on the Spanish FA website about the call up.