Del Bosque happy to have selection headache for Euro 2016

ShareClose Comments
Monday's win over Ukraine with a youthful team is set to present the coach with a welcome problem ahead of the competition in France next summer

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque believes choosing a 23 man squad for Euro 2016 will be a difficult task after a host of fringe players impressed in the win over Ukraine on Monday.

The European champions capped off their qualification with a hard-fought 1-0 win in Kiev, with debutant Mario Gaspar on target while stand-in captain Cesc Fabregas missed a penalty on his 100th international appearance .

Full-back Mario was among a host of less-experienced players in the side but impressed alongside the likes of Nolito and fellow debutant Xabier Etxeita, while David de Gea proved unbeatable in goal.

It leaves Del Bosque with some tricky decisions as Spain target a third consecutive European title.

"All of them played well," the coach told reporters. "It is good to look at other players and ensure that they can help us.

"It will be a problem to choose just 23 players for Euro 2016, but there’s still a long way to go until then.

"We have solutions and that offers plenty of encouragement, because we have to see the options ahead of the Euros.

"The experience was a good one with all the changes we were able to make. We are happy. It is true we had more control of the game but they had their chances, with Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka on the counter-attack.

"Ukraine played really well. David de Gea was great - so was Thiago Alacantara."

Next article:
Wenger earns unfortunate comparison to 'fat' Ronaldo from Arsenal icon Wright
Next article:
Cruz and Doe played through injuries, says Dollah
Next article:
Tottenham team news: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Crystal Palace
Next article:
Arsenal team news: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Manchester City
Next article:
Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Chelsea