The Betic goal Dani Martin He can return to a squad the next day after overcoming the ankle injury he suffered at the beginning of September during a training session with the U21 team, a category in which in the summer of 2109 he was proclaimed champion of Europe next to Unai Simon, goalkeeper of the Athletic and today he starts with the Spanish national team, with which he has played the last two games against the Netherlands and Switzerland.
That U21 European Championship in Italy started it playing Unai Simón, but after a poor performance in the first game against Italy -beat 3-1 in Bologna, with a failure of the Basque goalkeeper in the first goal and several indecisions-, Luis de la Fuente decided rotate in goal (Simón had not played for Athletic for five months, with whose first team he made his debut under Berizzo) and gave the title to Antonio Sivera (Alavés), who started in the four subsequent victories against Belgium, Poland, France and Germany that gave Spain its fifth European Under-21, with the team that will be the base of the one that attends the next Olympic Games in Tokyo, although many have made the leap to the senior team, which before also has to play the final phase of the Eurocup .
Unai Simón and Dani Martín were bench mates in that European sub 21 after the first game and at the end of it the Betic -now 22 years old- debuted as a starter in the sub 21, since both Simón -23 years- and Sivera -24 years – exceeded the statutory age to continue in the category. Dani Martín was a starter in the first three qualifying games of the next European Under 21 in September and October 2019, but an untimely injury prevented him from attending the November appointments, then the pandemic stopped everything and last September he suffered that important Ankle injury training with the national team that has prevented him from being in the last five qualifying matches and also frustrated his assignment to another team where he could enjoy minutes.
The final phase of the U21 European Championship will now be played in two different phases, one of groups between March 24 and 31 in Hungary and Slovenia, with three games for each qualified team in a week, and the final phase of the 31 May through June 6, with eight qualifiers already in direct elimination format. Dani Martín will surely go to that final phase of the European under 21, while Unai Simón, who has just won the title in the absolute, will do so in the final phase of the Eurocup that will be played in several countries from June 12 to 12 July 2020. Spain will do so at the Bilbao headquarters together with Sweden, Poland and Slovakia.
Once the Eurocup is over, Spain is classified to attend the Tokyo Olympics -the football tournament is played from July 21 to August 7-, where the idea of the RFEF is to bring the bulk of those who won the classification as they are champions of the European Under 21. Those who meet the age norm, because they were born after January 1, 1997 are: Jesús Vallejo, Borja Mayoral, Dani Olmo, Oyarzabal, Carlos Soler, Unai Núñez, Aaron Martín, Jorge Meré , Rafa Mir, Igor Zubeldia and goalkeepers Unai Simón and Dani Martín. In principle, only 18 players can go to the Olympics and three of them are above those ages, who already exceed the goal Antonio Sivera, Junior Firpro, Martín Aguirregabiria, Fabián Ruiz, Mikel Merino, Marc Roca, Dani Ceballos, Alfonso Pedraza and Pablo Fornals, many of them already consolidated in the senior team. It is even said that Sergio Ramos could go to the Olympics to reinforce the Olympians, in which case there would only be two places for the oldest U21 champions.