According to Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin will play an “important” role in the national team for now and in the future.
Bellerin’s inclusion in the national team for EUROs was doubtful but an injury to Dani Carvajal has made sure that the Arsenal stopper gets to play in elite continental competition.
Bellerin has been a part of both pre-EURO friendlies that the defending champions have played, he even provided an assist in Spain’s 6-1 win over South Korea.
Del Bosque spoke to El Larguero radio and explained why he choose Bellerin over Mario Gasper.
“We had taken the decision among the full-backs we’ve had recently, including Mario, Cesar Azpilicueta, Juanfran and Carvajal,” Del Bosque said.
“Once Carvajal was injured we had the kids with us, and Bellerin has been doing very well at Arsenal in recent years.
“We have full confidence in him. Bellerin will be an important player for sure, in the present, and in the future of the Spanish team.
“It is never nice. We left some people behind when we made the preliminary list of 25, and again today. But we just look at the good of the team. I did not talk with them Isco and Saul, nor did I talk with anyone when I announced the first list.”