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Spain defender Hector Bellerin struggledto accept being out of international football for such a long time.
He won the last of his three caps for La Roja in a friendly against Georgia in July 2016 and, although he made Spain's squad for Euro 2016, he did not feature at the tournament.
The 25-year-old has been one of Arsenal's most consistent performers this season and played every minute of their eight Premier League games.
He has made 12 interceptions and eight tackleswith a success rate of 88 per cent in those matches,helpingthe Gunners to keep two clean sheets.
"Yes, I am so happygetting back home. It has been almost five years since the last time, so I am very happy," Bellerin said in an interview withthe Royal Spanish Football Federation.
"They have been tough years, and they always are when you cannot join the national team, but I am very proud and happy now. I can't wait to start."
Another player thrilled to be recalled by Luis Enrique after a break is Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, who last featured for Spain just over two years ago.
Koke, 28, has not featuredfor Spain sincea 4-1 friendly defeat of Wales in October 2018.
"I am very happy to be here again with the national team," Koke explained.
"It has been a long time, but I do have the same excitement that I had on my first day and I am looking forward to helping the team win the games."
Spain are top of Nations League Group A4 with seven points but saw their 13-game unbeaten run (W10 D3) in competitive matches ended last time out with a surprise 1-0 loss to Ukraine.
Left-back Jose Luis Gaya has warned his team-mates not to let any complacency seep into their forthcoming performances.
"It is true we are still first, and that gives us a little advantage. But we know how football is and everything can happen," added the Valencia defender.
"We need to try on winning all the games, that's what this jersey demands.