Villarreal playmaker Borja Valero could not hide his satisfaction at being given his first-ever call-up to the Spanish national side for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Lithuania and Scotland.
Injuries to midfield regulars Pedro, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas and Jesus Navas has meant that La Roja coach Vicente del Bosque has been forced into additional selections, with in-form Valero enjoying his maiden selection.
He becomes the fifth Yellow Submarines first team player to be included in Del Bosque’s current squad, and the former Real Madrid and Mallorca creator spoke of his joy at receiving international recognition.
AS reports that he commented: “The club told me. There had been rumours [on Sunday] but I found out on Monday. It is a shame that this is because of injuries to team-mates, but the truth is that I am very happy.
“This is a step up for me, as it is the dream of any player to play for his country. Hopefully this is just the beginning and that many more Villarreal players come to the national side. The fact that five players are in the team gives a good idea of the good feeling going through the team.”
Valero also stressed that the call has came due to the Madrigal club exceeding expectations domestically, saying: “We have did a great job from the beginning. Nilmar is top scorer in the league [Giuseppe] Rossi is just behind him, and are producing some good work.”