'He deserves this': Pablo Hernandez reacts to announcement concerning 25-year-old West Ham star
Pablo Hernandez has told Radio Marca that he is very happy for Pablo Fornals after the West Ham star was included on a standby list for Spain for Euro 2020 – almost three years after his last international cap.
Luis Enrique’s plans have been thrown somewhat into disarray. As confirmed by The Athletic, a positive test for Sergio Busquets means that the Spanish team is currently isolating.
An under-21 side will contest their friendly with Lithuania today. And a number of players have been called up into a training bubble.
Amongst those on standby is Hernandez’s former Leeds teammate Rodrigo Moreno. But Fornals was also included.
It comes after an outstanding season for the Hammers star. He helped David Moyes’s side finish sixth in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old scored twice and provided an assist on the final day.
And Hernandez has insisted that his countryman deserves his call-up.
“He has gained a lot of experience in English football, he is an important player, he has had a very good season and he deserves this call from Luis Enrique,” he told Radio Marca. “As a countryman and friend, I am very happy for him.”
Fornals’ international return is coming after season for West Ham – even if Euro 2020 hopes come to nothing
Fornals really appears to have found his feet at the London Stadium this past season.
He struggled for consistency for much of his first 18 months with the Irons.
But he looks to have turned a corner. And with West Ham on the up, fans can surely expect more from Fornals.
That certainly suggests that a return to the international arena is coming. Remarkably, his last cap came back in 2018.
It may be that his role in the standby bubble comes to nothing. But he can certainly be optimistic that a return to the Spain side may not be far away – whatever happens with Euro 2020.