Julen Lopetegui handed Herrera his first ever call-up after Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez was ruled out through injury, whilst de Gea is in line to make his 16th appearance for Spain.
Both Herrera and de Gea will receive an opportunity to demonstrate their worth in World Cup qualifiers with Italy and Albania.
De Gea, welcoming Herrera to the national set-up, joked: “This guy follows me everywhere! I think he loves my music.”
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) October 4, 2016
Spare a thought for poor Juan Mata here, back in Manchester, unable to join in on the Spanish bromance.
On the flipside, Herrera will be delighted with what was an ultimately long overdue call-up to the national side. His midfield performances this season have been crowned by an indefatigable work rate – a kind of raw tenacity that fuels every tackle, header, run and pass.
In the context of Jose Mourinho’s system at Manchester United, Herrera’s mixture of discipline, power and attacking enterprise works perfectly in the defensive midfield role. There is a clear emphasis on quick, dynamic, cut-throat football under the 53-year-old, and in that respect Herrera is the ideal player to have at the axis of the midfield.