Euro 2016: Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin named in Spain squad

first_imgArsenal defender Hector Bellerin has been included in Spain’s final 23-man squad for the defence of their European Championship title.Bellerin, the 21-year-old right-back who featured in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year, only made his international debut in a 3-1 victory over Bosnia on Sunday.But after Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal was ruled out of this summer’s tournament with a hip injury sustained in the Champions League final, Bellerin was named in a provisional 19-man group by head coach Vicente del Bosque.The Spain boss revealed his final four players later on Tuesday, with Sergio Ramos, Juanfran, Lucas Vazquez and Koke all making the cut, while the likes of Isco and Saul Niguez missed out.“We have tried to select a balanced squad and I think every position is well covered in this 23,” Del Bosque said at a press conference.“I’ve not spoken personally to any of the players who’ve been left behind. Everyone wanted to be here, but we only had 23 spots.”Bellerin featured 44 times for Arsenal in all competitions this season. He had been placed on standby for Spain, but will now make the trip to France following Carvajal’s injury.Carvajal left the field in tears in the 52nd minute of Real’s penalty shoot-out win over city rivals Atletico Madrid in Milan on Saturday and scans have subsequently revealed a grade-two tear of hip flexor muscles.Spain open the defence of their title against the Czech Republic in Toulouse on June 13. They will also play Turkey and Croatia in Group D.Spain squad for Euro 2016:Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David De Gea (Man United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla).Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Marc Bartra (all Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Hector Bellerin (Arsenal), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid).Midfielders: Bruno (Villarreal), Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta (both Barcelona), Thiago (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Pedro, Cesc Fabregas (both Chelsea), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid).Forwards: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Alvaro Morata (Juventus). 1 Bellerin was named in the PFA Team of the Year after his impressive performances for Arsenal this season last_img read more

Donegal’s big clean up tees off at Ballyliffin Golf Club

first_imgIt looks like Spring has eventually arrived and communities across Donegal are wasting no time to get ready for the Big Donegal Clean Up. Hundreds of volunteers will be taking to the highways and byways around the county in the coming weeks to gather litter from along roadsides and clean up illegal dumps in their areas and Donegal County Council is asking everyone to get involved.“We were delighted to launch this year’s Big Donegal Clean Up this week at the iconic Ballyliffin Golf Club where thousands of visitors are expected in July for the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. “Volunteers from both Ballyliffin Tidy Towns and Clonmany Tidy Towns came along to help us launch this year’s initiative and it was an honour to meet these people who keep this beautiful part of the county in tip top shape year in and year out,” says Cllr. Gerry McMonagle, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council.Last year’s Big Donegal Clean Up was a great success with hundreds of community groups from all over Donegal taking part and Michael McGarvey Director of Service with Donegal County Council believes that this year is shaping up to be another successful year.“We already have in the region of 100 groups signed up for the An Taisce National Spring Clean campaign and the Donegal Clean-Up so we are confident that we will achieve similar numbers this year.” “The interest from communities is brilliant and it will all help in making Donegal litter free and allowing us to put our best foot forward for the forthcoming tourist season. We have noticed an increase in the number of businesses coming forward this year to assist with clean-ups in their local areas and this is very positive”.Cllr McMonagle believes that Donegal’s greatest asset is the beauty of the county’s landscape and natural environment and unfortunately rubbish and litter can be a major blight on the environment and portrays a very negative message for Donegal.“I have great admiration for all those individuals and groups across Donegal who take it upon themselves to clean up their own areas. Donegal is a large county and unfortunately the Council cannot keep the county litter free on its own. That’s why the work of these individuals and groups is so important and vital to us”.This campaign sees the Council supporting individuals, groups, businesses and organisations in organising their own clean-ups.The Council provides bags, gloves and litter pickers and arranges for the collection of the rubbish once it has been bagged.Michael McGarvey says that every year’s there is an increasing number of people taking part in this initiative. “We are seeing an increase in the number of individuals who are taking it upon themselves to clean up their local area when they are out walking. So we are urging people when they are out walking to bring a bag with them and pick up litter as they find it along their walk. The Council is more than happy to help with gloves, litter pickers and bags and we will also collect the rubbish once it is bagged”.To sign up for this year’s Big Donegal Clean Up call 074 91 53900 or visit www.donegalcoco.ie . You can also register with An Taisce’s National Spring Clean campaign by calling (01) 4002219 or online at www.nationalspringclean.org.Donegal’s big clean up tees off at Ballyliffin Golf Club was last modified: March 20th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish OpenBallyliffin Golf Clubdonegal big clean upSpring cleanVolunteerlast_img read more