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22 March 2013

Goalkeeper starts and plays full 90 minutes as Spain brush Norway aside in friendly.



Joel Robles was picked to start for Spain’s Under 21 side last night as they beat Norway 5-2.

The defending UEFA European Under 21 Champions fell behind early on but went on to dominate the game.

Robles’ fellow Spaniard and Wigan Athletic team mate Adrian Lopez shared his thoughts on the goalkeeper’s call up saying he deserved his chance.

Lopez said:

“He’s doing a very good job for us with Ali (Al Habsi) and I’m very glad that he got in the Under 21 squad for Spain.

“I was listening out for the result and to see if Joel had played and it was great to hear that he had.

“They have a very good team so it is a big achievement for Joel to have started the game against Norway.

“Joel adapted to the club very well and his performances have deserved the international call up he received.”

Lopez added that the international games should not disrupt Latics’ rhythm, despite 12 players being away with their national sides.

He said:

“The international games can sometimes distract the team but in our team everyone is focused on Wigan Athletic and they will want to bring back positive feelings from their national teams.

“The main thing is that most of our players will be playing a match around this weekend, which keeps the rhythm of playing and keeps everybody motivated.”

On a personal note he said:

“I am a lot fitter now and what I would like to do is keep playing with the Under 21s at the club to keep up that pattern of 90 minutes of football so that I’ll be ready if the gaffer calls me to play.

“I want to be as good as I can and in order to do that I need to be ready for anything.

“Everyone has to be fit and available now because it’s going to be a big end to the season.”

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