Asier Illarramendi, Spain's fourth debutant of the Lopetegui era
The Real Sociedad midfielder made the Spain squad list in March but injury delayed his debut. Saúl, Aspas and Ander Herrera gained their first cap under Lopetegui.
The former Real Madrid player was one of the new additions to Lopetegui's squad list for the meting with France back in March. However, Illarra was forced to quit the Spain camp before getting the chance to make his debut appearances after suffering a muscular injury.
Now Illarra, who has represented his country at every youth level and was part of the Under-21 team which were crowned European champions in Israel in 2013, has achieved the dream of every professional footballer. Since taking the reins of the national team last September, Lopetegui has handed four players their first senior caps: Ander Herrera and Iago Aspas against England, and Saúl against Belgium.
To be able to comment you must be registered and logged in. Forgot password?