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Brentford boss Frank: Raya definitely deserves Spain call

Brentford boss Thomas Frank says David Raya will make the most of his first call-up for Spain.

The Bees goalkeeper has been included in Luis Enrique's 23-man squad for the friendlies against Albania and Iceland – but there is no place for Manchester United number one David De Gea.

“He was top three in the Championship, maybe better, the year that we lost in the play-offs," the Brentford boss said.

“He was heavily involved in the first goal that decided that (2020) play-off final (against Fulham) which was devastating for him.

“I clearly remember going to him the day after saying he needed to be even braver and have an even higher starting position the next year.

“We then got to the Premier League and he performed unbelievably well in the first eight games, then he got another slap in the face with the big injury.

“He has come back even stronger. We all know that mental mindset is so important; that is one thing that only gets stronger with the setbacks. You can't have a strong mentality if you don't have any setbacks."

Frank told a press conference: “David has clear and obvious abilities in terms of playing with his feet, high position, and being very aggressive in coming for crosses. He definitely deserves it."

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