Spanish national coach Luis Enrique has called up Ansu Fati for the first time. The FC Barcelona winger is only 17 years old. His teammates Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto are missing from the selection. Born in Guinea-Bissau, Fati decided to represent Spain in international football, OJB Sport reports.
Fati, 17, has been called up for September’s Uefa Nations League games against Germany and Ukraine after a breakout season at Camp Nou, scoring eight goals in 33 matches.
“He has the quality to play with us. He has excellent statistics, the only player with a better minutes played/ goals scored ratio at Barca is Lionel Messi,” Enrique said.
There were some high-profile omissions, including Barca defender Jordi Alba and Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez miss out, while Paris Saint-Germain duo Ander Herrera and Pablo Sarabia miss out as he will contest Sunday’s Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
“If I could have I would have picked 30 players … But it’s impossible. The PSG players could have been there as well as Dani Ceballos and Gerard Moreno … But I can’t pick them all,” Enrique said.
Enrique has selected several young players, including Ferran Torres. The 20-year-old attacker was recently signed by Manchester City. 19-year-old Eric Garcia, recently teammate of Torres, has also been called up.
Spain head to Germany on September 3 before hosting Ukraine three days later in games expected to be played behind closed doors due to the coroanvirus pandemic.