Real Betis player Sergio Canales who recently earned a recall the Spanish national team felt his international career was over.
The former Real Madrid player saw his playing time decimated by a lengthy spell on the sidelines but later made a switch to Betis.
However, his recent form caught the attention of Luis Enrique who decided to give him a fresh start after taking over in the summer of 2018.
Spain name squad for games against Norway and Malta. Fabián Ruiz, Sergi Gómez and Sergio Canales called up for the first time. Jaime Mata also gets his first call up to the national team at 30. pic.twitter.com/Xz9VuVG3vc
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“I stopped thinking about the national team,” Canales explained in a press conference at La Ciudad del Futbol via Marca.
“I always had the belief that I could reach the top, but there were moments where I felt that I was no longer a priority.
“I simply had it in my mind to recover and then play well, to build my consistency and play at a high level, but I’ve surpassed all my expectations.”
Spain are set to kick-start their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with fixtures against Norway and Malta, and the midfielder played down the effect of the team’s failure in Russia.
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“From the first moment I arrived, Luis Enrique has transmitted a winning mentality to the group,” he intimated.
“We are going to try and attack our opponents, play on the front foot and win all our matches.
“I’ve noticed a lot of enthusiasm and energy in the dressing room, we’re ready to start this campaign, which is the first step towards the European Championship.”