Hector Bellerin recently spoke to Arsenal’s official podcast about what it was like to get his first call up for Spain’s senior team during the Euros.
The right-back, who until this point had only played for the youth side, was called into action after first team defender, Dani Carvajal, got injured in the Champions League final.
Despite not actually getting any game time during Euro 2016, just getting the call-up and chance to sit in the same dressing room as his idols was enough.
“The call-up was pretty unexpected,” the 21-year-old told the Arsenal podcast.
“I was driving to Spain because I wanted to have my car over there. Then halfway through the trip they rang me and said, ‘Hector you’ve been called up to the Spain first team’.
“There were a few players who needed to play in the Champions League final, so I was only meant to be going to train with them but then [Dani] Carvajal got injured and I was the next right back in line. I was just really excited about sharing a dressing room with my idols, players like Iker Casillas and Andres Iniesta.”
To be fair, Iker Casillas and Andres Iniesta are huge players in world football, despite being ex-Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, and as a young Spaniard, it must have been hugely exciting for Bellerin. Hopefully, the experience gives him a taste of what representing your country at a senior level means and pushes him to keep going.
Bellerin is thought to have recently signed a new contract with Arsenal worth £100,000 a week for six years.