Del Bosque backs Spain youth

Vicente del Bosque is backing Spain’s young players to do the business in Sunday’s first Euro 2016 dress rehearsal against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Real Madrid and Atletico’s dual involvement in the Champions League final on Saturday has ruled their players out of the friendly, opening the door for 11 new faces to make their mark, and Del Bosque admits their enthusiasm has “got the group going again”.

“We chose [Bosnia] because they’re similar to Czech Republic,” the Coach said at a Press conference.

“They have a powerful striker in [Edin] Dzeko, a good defensive shape, are good on the counterattack and have quality out wide.

“I’ve been working with those who have been called up, and we’ll try to prepare for the Euros in the best way possible.

“[David] Silva is doing very well and I have no fears that he won’t be at the Euros.

“The 11 young lads who have joined us this week have made ​​a big impact. It’s been a very positive experience.

“Spain always have teams in European finals and we have to adapt to that, but we haven’t lost any [preparation] time as a result because we’ve brought along young players, who have got the group going again.

“Now we have to ensure we return to the highest level of focus and competitive pressure.

“After 60 competitive matches, it’s normal [for the players] to enter a phase of idleness, and you have to get them going again.”

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