Sergi: I have Enrique to thank

Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto admits Luis Enrique “is almost completely culpable” for his call-up to the Spain squad.

Sergi earned his maiden inclusion for La Roja’s games against Italy and Romania this week after a breakout season with Barca, which has seen him rotate between right-back and central midfield seamlessly.

“Luis Enrique is almost completely culpable for me being here,” he said at a Press conference.

“He’s given me confidence and played me a lot in several positions, and if you play with your team and do so well, you earn the recognition of your national team.

“Therefore, part of me being here is down to Luis Enrique. Last season I didn’t have much of a starring role, but this year I’m getting a lot of minutes and helping the team the way they want me to.

“I’m very happy with the season I’m having. I’ve been given the opportunity to be here and I’m very happy.

“[On being called up as a central midfielder], I’m here to help the team and if I’m played in another position, I’ll still help.

“It’s a dream to be here, I passed through the lower echelons of the national team, so to reach the seniors is a dream.

“From the first moment I was called up, [my Barca colleagues] congratulated me, they explained how the national team worked and are helping me a lot.

“These are our last two matches before the Euros and you have to take them as if they were in the Euros.

“[On Periscope], the fans like it because they’re in touch with the players.

“[Gerard] Pique uses it after every game, it’s fun, but you have to use it properly. Still, the fans like it.”

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