Hector Bellerin has received a big personal boost during the current international break. He wasn’t called up for Luis Enrique’s initial Spain squad, which wasn’t a great surprise.

The Arsenal player has been out of the national team picture for a while, and now he’s got the chance to show Enrique why he deserves to return. Sevilla’s Jesus Navas, now converted to a fullback, had to pull out of national duty having picked up an injury, and that provided the space for Bellerin to be called up.

Joining up with the Spanish squad, the 25-year-old is clearly thrilled to return after so long away, and has been quoted by AS as saying: “Very happy to be able to go home. It has been almost five years since the last time and I am happy. These have been difficult years, it is always difficult for a player not to be in the national team. Very proud, happy and eager to start.”

Bellerin will now be hoping he can get some minutes on the pitch during the current international break, and such a boost in the player’s career can only be seen as good news also for Arsenal.

With renewed hope and enthusiasm, and with Euro postponed until next year, the fullback is surely going to step up further for Mikel Arteta’s men, with a now more realistic aim of making it to next summer’s tournament.