Arsenal teenagers Hector Bellerin and Serge Gnabry tweets of huge honour after international recognition for his performances

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Hector Bellerin has been called into the Spain under-21 squad for the first time, and Serge Gnabry has also been drafted into the German under-21 side.

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has been called into the Spain under-21 squad for the first time, with Serge Gnabry also achieving such a milestone for Germany.

Bellerin has broken into Arsenal's first team this season, and has become a dependable option with Mathieu Debuchy suffering two substantial injury lay-offs. Gnabry's season has been a write-off with injury until now.

Both players were delighted with the recognition, using their Twitter pages to convey their happiness.


Bellerin is no stranger to the Spanish youth set up, with nine appearances for the under-19 side. This is though his first under-21 chance.

He has also represented Spain at under-17 and under-16 level, a highly rated prospect since his time at Barcelona.

Full-backs to feature for the Spanish under-21 side at full-back over the last five years include Barcelona's Martin Montoya, Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta, and Arsenal's Nacho Monreal, who appeared in the 2009 under-21 European Championships as a 23-year-old.

The recognition is well earned for Bellerin, who has proved as useful an attacking force as in defence, and this is a big step in the journey to representing the Spanish senior side one day.

Gnabry has been a regular in the German youth set up, and had scored three goals in six appearances for the under-19s.

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