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Del Bosque defends Alba Olympic role

7 July 2012 12:23

Vicente del Bosque has backed Jordi Alba's inclusion in Spain's Olympics squad, despite the 23-year-old playing at Euro 2012 this summer.

The Barcelona left-back featured in all of La Roja's games in Poland and Ukraine, but has still been named in the nation's contingent for the London Games.

Del Bosque has stated that Alba's inclusion is justified, saying he is happy with the squad that will compete.

"It will surely be Alba's last chance to go to the Games. He has been an important player in winning Euro 2012 and it would be good for him to participate with the youngsters in that tournament," the 61-year-old told reporters.

"We are very excited, because we have a good squad. These players will be the future of the senior side and some are in it already. I hope they have a good tournament in London."

Several key players of Spain's Euro 2012-winning squad have been touted as the next Ballon d'Or winner, and although Del Bosque declined to pinpoint a frontrunner, he is happy that his team are being recognised.

"I have no favourites; with such awards it is very subjective," he reasoned. "The most important thing is the recognition that these players have in this country.

"They are good role models and should be rewarded for that," he stated.

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