Spain has added Kepa Arrizabalaga to their Euro 2020 squad after Sergio Busquets tested positive for COVID-19. Spanish captain Busquets returned a positive test a week before the start of the tournament. Luis Enrique called up five players with Kepa being the sixth edition. These six will train away from the main team in case they need to replace any player from the squad at the last minute. The whole squad went into isolation after the test result. The Spanish FA confirmed that all tests returned negative but each player will continue to train alone. Spain has been drawn into Group E along with Sweden, Poland, and Slovakia. They will look to replicate the form that helped them win the Euros in 2008 and 2012.
“We are making an exception because they represent us in a top-level competition.” Sports minister Jose Manuel Rodriguez announced that the whole team will get vaccinated.
Spain will field an Under-21 side against Lithuania in what was supposed to be a warm-up game before Euro 2020. He appeared to have established himself as his country’s No 1 during 2019, but a loss of form – resulting in him losing his place in goal at Chelsea to Edouard Mendy – saw him drop back to the bench in 2020. The 26-year-old was left out of Spain’s original Euros squad, but could now be added should any of David de Gea, Unai Simon, or Robert Sanchez be forced to withdraw.