Former Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has earned his first call-up to the Spanish national squad in four years, La Roja announced on Friday.
The midfielder was a surprise inclusion as boss Luis Enrique named his picks for next month’s clashes with the Faroe Islands and Sweden.
Now 34, Cazorla almost hung up his boots for good following a spate of operations that threatened to cut his career short.
After 636 days on the sidelines at Arsenal following an Achilles injury, Cazorla switched to Villarreal – the club where he began his career – last July, and has made 37 appearances in all competitions.
Cazorla missed out on Spain's World Cup triumph in 2010 due to an ankle injury, but was part of the squads that won the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.
He told AS he feels "happier than when I got my first call-up from Luis Aragones".
The Spain squad was revealed this morning by Roberto Moreno, who is standing in for Luis Enrique while the Spain coach is on indefinite leave due to personal reasons.
There is also a place for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, despite his recent struggles for the Red Devils that has seen him make uncharacteristic errors against the likes of Barcelona, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Spain squad in full
Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Kepa (Chelsea), Pau Lopez (Betis).
Defenders : Carvajal (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Mario Hermoso (Espanyol), Diego Llorente (Real Sociedad), Inigo Martinez (Athletic Bilbao), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Sergi Roberto (Barcelona), Jose Gaya (Valencia), Jesus Navas (Sevilla).
Forwards: Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid).