Leeds United defender Diego Llorente can make a big impact for Spain at the European Championships if he stays fit.
That’s according to former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Llorente’s international prospects.
Llorente, 27, was called up to the Spain squad for March’s World Cup qualifiers after finally having a run in the Leeds side after his summer move from Real Sociedad.
Llorente’s season has been disrupted with injuries as it took him until December to make his first appearance for the club and almost another two months to make his second.
He has recovered his fitness in recent weeks and since starting against Southampton at the end of February he hasn’t missed a minute of Premier League action.
Phillips insists this consistency and Llorente maintaining his fitness will lead to a spot in Spain’s squad for the delayed Euros.
“He’s getting match time and staying fit now,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“He’s a good player so there’s no surprise to see him called up to the Spain squad.
“The biggest thing for him now is keeping himself fit and if he does, he’ll have a good summer to look forward to.
“From Leeds’ point of view, he’ll only get better week in week out as the games continue to come.”
Llorente has six Spain caps to his name already and he has the chance to get three more in this month’s games against Greece, Georgia and Kosovo.
Leeds are next in action against Sheffield United after the international break as the Whites look to secure a top ten finish in the Premier League.
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