Report: Bellerin to start for Spain against Croatia

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin in action with Norwich's Cameron Jerome

Arsenal youngster Hector Bellerin was used in open training for Spain in place of Juanfran during their pre-match preparations.

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin in action with Norwich's Cameron JeromeArsenal's Hector Bellerin could start for Spain on Tuesday

Hector Bellerin could start for Spain on Tuesday in their final Group D game against Croatia, according to AS.

The young Arsenal full back has yet to appear for La Roja so far in the tournament, with Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran proving to be Del Bosque's preferred choice so far.

But according to AS, Del Bosque looks like he is willing to experiment with his lineup going into their Croatia clash, with Koke and Aduriz also in the running for a start.

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin and Petr Cech applaud fans after the gameArsenal's Hector Bellerin has had an excellent season

Spain have already secured their place in the Round of 16, thanks to a late Gerard Pique winner against the Czech Republic, and an impressive dismantling of Turkey 3-0. 

As such, Del Bosque may feel a sense of freedom to play with his lineup, and like Didier Deschamps on Sunday night for France, he may look to rest key players including Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas.

Spain's Juanfran in action with Turkey's Caner ErkinJuanfran has been Spain's first choice right back

Arsenal's Bellerin may be in line to benefit for the changes, with AS observing Del Bosque using what appeared to be a first eleven side with the Premier League player included in it, during a Spanish open training session.

The defender has firmly established himself as Arsenal's first choice right back over the past season, making 36 appearances in all competitions, and earning himself a spot in the PFA Team of the Year.

Football Soccer - Spain v South Korea - International FriendlyBellerin in action for Spain before the tournament

His excellent form also saw him earn his first international call-up with Spain, impressing sufficiently to make into their Euro 2016 23-man squad.

And if reports are to be believed, he could be about to make his first appearance at a major tournament. 

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