For November’s friendly games with the Netherlands and Nations League games with Switzerland and Germany, the Gunners defender was called in.
As a substitute for Jesus Navas, Arsenal’s full-back Hector Bellerin was called up to the Spanish squad.
Bellerin last played for Spain in 2016, but is in line to play in the November 11 friendly with the Netherlands and on the 14th and 17th of the month in the Nations League games with Switzerland and Germany.
He was struck by injuries, but is currently enjoying an extended period on the Arsenal side and it will not be lost on Bellerin that due to the injury to Seville’s Jesus Navas, the position in the Spain squad opened up.
Bellerin’s recall was confirmed by the Spanish FA, and the defender will link up on Monday with the rest of the squad.
The federation also reported that coach Luis Enrique is debating whether to call for a substitute for Ansu Fati from Barcelona, who picked up an injury on Saturday in the Catalan side’s 5-2 victory over Real Betis.
Although Navas and Fati are going to reel from their injuries, for Bellerin, it’s a great moment. When he sustained a knee ligament injury in January of 2019, the 25-year-old ‘s career took a serious backward turn.
It was a long road to recovery, and there were moments when it seemed like he was unable to reach the heights he had expected earlier in his career.
He has worked incredibly hard on his health, however, and is now a regular in the Arsenal side of Mikel Arteta. His results have evidently caught the attention of Luis Enrique, who for the first time since 2016 has handed him a recall.
Should he play in any of the three games in November, it would add to the trio of caps Bellerin has to his credit, and it may be friendly with Netherlands is his best chance of making it back on the international stage.
He made his debut in May 2016 against Bosnia and Herzegovina, although later that summer he was an unused member of Vicente Del Bosque’s Spain squad at the European Championship.
Spain is actually the top group A4 of the Nations League, but both Germany and Ukraine are only a point away so that any slip ups against the former or Switzerland could see them fall out of dispute.