Santi Cazorla stunned by Spain recall aged 34 and 1,299 days after last cap

• Cazorla back in squad for first time since November 2015
• Former Arsenal player almost lost leg to mystery infection

Santi Cazorla has described his return to the Spain squad as “unthinkable”, 1,299 days after he last played for the national side, and admitted it took a few days to overcome the “shock” of getting a call-up aged 34.

“I just wanted to play football again,” he said. Now he is in the squad that travels to the Faroe Islands for Friday’s European Championship qualifier and faces Sweden at the Santiago Bernabéu on Monday. Although his story is an extraordinary, inspirational one, he is there on merit alone.

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