Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has hit back at Alvaro Arbeloa’s “inappropriate” claim that he no longer watches the national team.
Arbeloa recently revealed that Spain had not interested him since his omission from the 2014 World Cup, with his last international appearance coming a year before, and Del Bosque took issue with the Real Madrid full-back’s conduct.
“From 2008 to 2016, there have been many changes,” the Coach told Estudio Estadio.
“The origin [of most of them] was the World Cup in Brazil, but then we had qualifying [for Euro 2016] and it didn’t go that badly as we picked up some decent results.
“We have a policy of continuity, which is very difficult to maintain. Never have we dropped below fifth place [in the FIFA world ranking]. We can’t be so pessimistic.
“I’m not alone in [Diego Costa’s] defence. Many people considered him as a top player and then came Aduriz, who is here on merit, not by popular acclaim.
“He’s always been very courteous and I like that.
“It doesn’t mean anything that [David de Gea, not Iker Casillas] started against Italy.
“Both teams are parallel in the FIFA ranking. Even if I’ve made a decision on who will start, I won’t say it now.
“[On Alvaro Arbeloa], I like Arbeloa a lot, but I think his answer on the national team was inappropriate.
“[On Spain’s Euro group, the Czechs are the ones I worry about the most as we’ve won in Turkey and Croatia, but they’re all strong. All teams are well organised.”