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Stoke striker Bojan Krkic explains turning down Spain selection

Stoke City striker Bojan Krkic admits anxiety saw him turn down selection for Spain at Euro2008.

The former Barcelona starlet has spent this season on-loan at Alaves.

"Anxiety affects everyone differently," he explained to the Guardian. "It started in February and it lasted until the summer.

"When the Euros came I decided I couldn't go, that I had to isolate myself.

"Everyone at the federation knew."

Carles Puyol knew too and promised to help the teenager through the tournament, but Bojan simply couldn't.

"I said, 'Puyol, I can't'," he revealed.

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