Chelsea left wing-back Marcos Alonso believes a Spain call-up is a reward for giving his best at Chelsea.
Alonso impressed in Spain’s 2-1 Nation League semi-final victory over Italy on Wednesday night.
It was just his fourth cap for Spain and the first time the 30-year-old full-back had featured for his country since 2018.
When asked why he has been overlooked at international level in the past, Alonso replied: “I don’t know.
“More than anything, little by little people in Spain are getting to know me. I have had a career abroad, people see La Liga more than the Premier League there and it may have been surprising, but I know what I am capable of and what I have been doing for years.
“I have felt recognised and loved in all the teams I have played in. In Spain is where they know me least, less than in Italy or England, but it is normal. In the end people are familiar with what they see more often.
“Where I can get noticed is on the pitch and I have always tried the maximum to do that. In the end it is the opinion of each coach to choose whoever they want and you have to respect them.
“The truth is that for a long time I have taken the national team as a bonus. In the end I play for my club and try to do my best. If I am lucky enough to come to the national team, I take it as a reward for that work.”