Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and David de Gea called up for Spain

by Leo Nieboer

Juan Mata, David de Gea and Ander Herrera have been called up to the Spain side ahead of the November international break.

Julen Lopetegui’s side host Macedonia on November 12th before travelling to London for a friendly with England on the 15th.

Herrera, following Javi Martinez’s injury, received his first international call up last month but didn’t receive any game time against either Italy or Albania.

The Spaniard, along with regulars De Gea and Mata, will now receive another chance to impress on the international stage this month.

Herrera deserves praise for maintaining his place in the Spain squad. One ought to remember that La Roja boast perhaps the finest midfield talent pool in the world today, forcing Herrera – who would walk into most international sides – to wait for his chance.

That said, his selection comes as no surprise. Both Cesc Fabregas and Martinez remain injured but the 27-year-old, based on his current form, deserves a place ahead of most Spanish midfielders at this given time.

In a side plagued by confidence issues, Herrera has quickly morphed into the sticking point – the passionate heartbeat – of this Manchester United side, furiously charging around the middle of the park in search of the ball. Man United fans will be desperate to see the midfielder receive the chance to impress on an international stage in the coming weeks.

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