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Carzola shocked at Spanish call-up

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Santi Cazorla has disclosed his astonishment at being called up to the Spanish national team for the first time in four years.

The former Arsenal man resurrected his career at Villarreal this season after lengthy spells on the sidelines.

And the current Villareal midfielder revealed he never expected a call-up to La Roja considering the setbacks in his career.

“If someone had told me this would happen at the end of this season, I wouldn’t have been able to believe them,” said Cazorla.

“It’s been two very hard years due to injury and I know that I’m at an age [34] where it’s difficult to get back into the national team.

“I always try to contribute to my club and feel important. Thanks to everyone else, I’ve been able to rediscover my best form.”

Cazorla also revealed the way he learnt about his inclusion in Luis Enrique’s squad as Villarreal prepare to face Getafe on the final day of the season this weekend.

“I was told as I entered the dressing room – my teammates told me,” he said via Marca.

“I came in after training and everyone was singing my name. It took me by surprise and it’s still sinking in. Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined it.

“I thank again Juan Carlos Herranz, the whole of Mikel Sanchez’s medical team in Vitoria and my family. Without them, it would’ve been impossible. I’m not going to forget such an amazing year that we’ve all experienced.”

The diminutive playmaker equally promised to make an impact with La Roja during their Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Sweden in June.