Athletic Bilbao defender Xabier Etxeita has admitted that he was 'surprised' at being called into the senior Spain squad for their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers.
"It's a surprise. I didn't expect it but the recognition is appreciated," the 27-year-old told AS.
"I was at home when I got the call. I was very excited. It has been a long time in coming. I'm 27. I had to work hard.
"I don't know what I'll feel like when I hear the national anthem. Let's see if I play. Of course I want it. I have to do well during the week to have my chance."
Spain will face Luxembourg on Friday, before taking on Ukraine three days later.