The new Under-21 soccer coach, Santi Denia, provided this Friday the list of summoned for the friendlies at the end of March against Switzerland and France, with the main novelties of Hugo Guillamón (Valencia) and Yéremi Pino (Villarreal).

The two footballers were summoned by Luis Enrique Martínez for the last World Cup in Qatar and now, after some assiduity with the Absolute, especially the Canarian striker, they ‘go down’ a step to reinforce an Under-21 that in June will face the European Championship in Georgia and Romania.

In addition, the coach from La Mancha has cited defenders Víctor Gómez (Sporting Braga) and Aitor Paredes (Athletic Club) and midfielders Antonio Blanco (Alavés) and Oihan Sancet as news regarding the last squad of his predecessor, Luis de la Fuente. (Athletic Club) for the friendlies against the Swiss team on March 24 in Almería and on March 28 against the French in Vannes (France).

“Everything has been discussed and agreed with the sports management and with Luis de la Fuente. They have been spoken to (Guillamón and Pino) ​​and the decision has been made that they come with the Under-21s,” Denia stressed in a press conference. “And of those who do not come, the door is not closed to anyone”, he asserted in relation to other Absolute footballers in the World Cup who are old enough to go with the Under-21s such as Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati who have not entered any of the two lists.

In this sense, the coach did remark that Ferran Torres already has “important numbers” with the Absolute and that “he has won many titles with the lower categories”, without ruling him out for the European Under-21. “By the summer we will see where we are,” he declared.

Santi Denia did confirm that Stefan Bajcetic, a Liverpool player “was going to enter” before suffering a physical problem that prevented him from playing against Real Madrid in the round of 16 of the Champions League. “Luis is also following him and he is an important player for us,” explained the coach, who “also” has Leeds United striker Joseph Mateo in mind.

In this sense, he made it clear that, when it comes to convincing footballers like these two that they can choose to play with other teams because of their roots, “the RFEF makes an economic and human effort so that everyone in the lower categories can have experiences at maximum level”. “Then we cannot enter into each family decision and its environment and each case is special,” he clarified.

About the Celta midfielder Gabri Veiga, who sounded for the Absolute, the former player recalled that “he has already been in previous calls” and that “it will depend on his work where he will be in the future.” “He is a player who has taken steps forward and who is having an incredible season. Look at Sancet and him and the level they are giving, Luis knows them better than I do,” he explained.

“I am delighted with the list. Communication with the Absolute is fluid and the more Under-21s there are in the Absolute, delighted. There is a European in the category this summer and it is important to get a title, but the goal is that all those below They are above. What Luis decides and takes is very well”, he sentenced.


-Goalkeepers: Arnau Tenas (FC Barcelona), Leo Román (Mallorca) and Julen Agirrezabala (Athletic Club).

-Defenders: Arnau Martínez (Girona), Víctor Gómez (Sporting Braga), Manu Sánchez (Osasuna), Juan Miranda (Betis), Jon Pacheco (Real Sociedad), Mario Gila (Lazio), Hugo Guillamón (Valencia) and Aitor Paredes (Athletic Club).

-Midfielders: Nico González (Valencia), Antonio Blanco (Alavés), Oihan Sancet (Athletic Club), Gabri Veiga (Celta), Aimar Oroz (Osasuna), Álex Baena (Villarreal) and Rodri Sánchez (Betis).

-Forwards: Sergio Gómez (Manchester City), Rodrigo Riquelme (Girona), Yeremy Pino (Villarreal), Abel Ruiz (Sporting Braga) and Sergio Camello (Rayo Vallecano)

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