Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres, Eric Garcia lead Spain squad full of fresh faces
Spain coach Luis Enrique [REUTERS/Susana Vera]

Barcelona’s teenage forward Ansu Fati and new Manchester City signing Ferran Torres were among six debutants in the Spain squad coach Luis Enrique unveiled on Thursday for next month’s UEFA Nations League matches against Germany and Ukraine.

Fati, 17, who is Barca’s youngest league goalscorer as well as the youngest player to ever to score in the Champions League, makes the leap into the senior team from the under-21 side after an outstanding breakthrough season with the Catalans.

Torres, who joined City from Valencia earlier this month for 23 million euros ($27.25 million), has also earned a first call up to the senior side, joining City defender Eric Garcia, 19, in the team.

Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres, Eric Garcia lead Spain squad full of fresh faces
Barcelona´s Guinea-Bissau forward Ansu Fati reacts during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona against Valencia CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 14, 2019. (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP)

Real Sociedad midfielder Mikel Merino, Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon and Real Madrid forward Oscar Rodriguez, who spent last season on loan with relegated Leganes, were also included in the 24-man squad.

There was no place in the team for any players from Atletico Madrid, however, with usual mainstays Saul Niguez, Koke, Alvaro Morata all missing out, while Marcos Llorente was also excluded despite a superb end to the campaign as a converted forward.

Spain, who failed to qualify for the final four of the Nations League in the last edition of the competition, will visit Germany on Sept. 3 before hosting Ukraine on Sept. 6.

Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres, Eric Garcia lead Spain squad full of fresh faces
Valencia’s Spanish forward Rodrigo Moreno (L) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) quarter-final second leg football match between Valencia and Getafe at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on January 29, 2019. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)

Spain squad in full:

Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea), Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao)

Defenders: Jose Gaya (Valencia), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Eric Garcia (Manchester City), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Diego Llorente (Real Sociedad), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Sergio Reguilon (Sevilla)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri (Manchester City), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern), Fabian Ruiz (Napoli), Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad), Oscar Garcia (Real Madrid), Adama Traore (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Forwards: Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Ferran Torres (Manchester City), Ansu Fati (Barcelona)

Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres, Eric Garcia lead Spain squad full of fresh faces
Manchester City’s Eric Garcia challenges Lyon’s Karl Toko Ekambi during the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Lyon and Manchester City at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (Miguel A. Lopes/Pool via AP)

 

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