‘Obviously it’s not the situation I dreamt of or anticipated but at the end of the day, footballers have to go through periods like this over the course of their career. I’m confident that I can turn things around by working hard and doing my best when I get the chance to play.’
The goalkeeper’s next opportunity for match action comes tomorrow when Spain travel to Lisbon to take on their Iberian rivals, though just like at club level, competition for the gloves is fierce. David De Gea is a long-time competitor, while Unai Simon, Kepa’s successor at Athletic Bilbao, has been called up for just the second time and will be eager to claim his first senior cap.
‘Unai is a great goalkeeper and I always follow Athletic Bilbao,’ said Kepa. ‘I have friends there and I wish them all the best.