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'I Have Taken The National Team as a Bonus' - Marcos Alonso Admits to Spain Snubs in Past

Chelsea and Spain full-back Marcos Alonso has admitted to snubbing the Spain squad in the past in an honest interview.

The 30-year-old made his fourth appearance for the Spanish national side on Wednesday evening when his nation faced Italy in the Nations League semi-final.

Thanks to two goals from Ferran Torres, Spain won the tie 2-1 and progress to the final where they will face France on Sunday evening.

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Speaking to the official Chelsea website, Alonso was brutally honest about how he used to prioritise playing at club-level over international.

"The truth is that for a long time I have taken the national team as a bonus.

"In the end I play for my club and try to do my best. If I am lucky enough to come to the national team, I take it as a reward for that work."

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The wing-back was also well aware of the struggles he faced playing under Frank Lampard.

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"The truth is that yes, it has been complicated in the past.

"It is something that happens to all footballers at one point in their career, that you have a coach who does not count on you or you are not to their liking.

"But I have always tried to do my best. I showed even when playing with Frank Lampard at that time that I was ready to help the team."


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