Lamine Yamal has been included in Spain’s national squad of the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers
Lamine Yamal, 16, of Barcelona, was nominated to Spain’s senior squad on Friday, as manager Luis de la Fuente named his roster for next week’s Euro 2024 Group A matches against Georgia and Cyprus.
Yamal could become Spain’s youngest player ever in the forthcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against Georgia and Cyprus.
‘The Moroccan born prodigy’ has established himself as a crucial member of Barcelona’s forward line in the early parts of the season, and he was chosen man of the match in last weekend’s 4-3 come-from-behind LaLiga win over Villarreal.
Yamal was born and raised in Spain, despite having a Moroccan father. He is a Spain youth international, and his selection for the senior team puts an end to Moroccan fans’ expectations that he may switch allegiances.
“We met him in Barcelona. He was a stalwart of Spain’s youth teams and is a footballer with exceptional power. He looks like he has been touched by the wand of God. He is different,” De la Fuente told a press conference on Friday.
“We look at the level of the player, not the age. He is ready to compete at the highest level. He is a very important asset for the future.”
Real Madrid’s new-recruits, goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and forward Joselu, were included, but there was no recall for goalkeeper David de Gea, who is still a free-agent after leaving Manchester United earlier this summer.
Spain’s Squad For 2024 Euro Qualifiers
Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Club), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Real Madrid), David Raya (Arsenal)
Defenders: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Atletico Madrid), Robin Le Normand (Real Sociedad), David Garcia (Osasuna), Pau Torres (Aston Villa), Aymeric Laporte (Al-Nassr), Alejandro Balde (Barcelona), Jose Gaya (Valencia)
Midfielders: Rodrigo (Manchester City), Gavi (Barcelona), Martin Zubimendi (Real Sociedad), Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad), Alex Baena (Villareal), Fabian Ruiz (PSG)
Forwards: Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Joselu (Real Madrid), Marco Asensio (PSG), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Abel Ruiz (Braga), Lamine Yamal (Barcelona), Nico Williams (Athletic Club)