Liverpool's Arbeloa chasing Spain call

Alvaro Arbeloa has not given up hope of forcing his way into the Spain squad for Euro 2008, although the Liverpool man admits it will be tough.

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Arbeloa earned his first full international call-up for last month's friendly against France, but the former Real Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna full-back was unable to join up with Luis Aragones and his squad due to an abdominal injury.

The defender is now fit and back in the Liverpool side, but with time running out before the start of the European Championships in June, he is realistic about his chances of making Aragones' final cut.

"Is it very difficult, (although) it is true that there is the possibility of going to the European Championships. If I play regularly at Liverpool I have a chance of being called up," said Arbeloa, who sought to play down Aragones' mistake in calling him up whilst injured.

"Everything was exaggerated and used to criticise Luis Aragones. I think that it was a small error. The injury was not normal and we did not know exactly how long it would take to recover from," Arbeloa added in Marca.

"There is no need to go back to this incident. I am still happy for the confidence the coach has shown in me."

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