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For the first time in almost a year, Chelsea winger Pedro Rodriguez will represent his national team again.

The 29-year-old hasn’t featured for Spain since the European Championship in France last summer, and Spain boss Julen Lopetegui has consistently overlooked the Chelsea winger.

He was selected alongside Cesar Azpilicueta and Diego Costa for Spain’s forthcoming games against Israel and France.

“Pedro is a long-established name in the national team, he is performing at a good level, is the perfect age and is producing for Chelsea,” said Lopetegui.

Marcos Alonso wasn’t given an invite and the Spain boss has revealed why.

He said: “Marcos Alonso is playing very well at Chelsea with a different system. We’ve watched him but we’ve decided on (Nacho) Monreal and Jordi Alba.”

Spain play Israel in a World Cup qualifier in Gijon on Friday 24 March, and four days later take on France in a friendly in Paris.

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