Barcelona midfielder Gavi was called up for the Spanish national team for the first time after impressing the Catalan giants in the first weeks of the season.
Luis Enrique made the surprise decision to call the 17-year-old into his squad for the Nations League semi-final against Italy on Wednesday October 6 in Milan.
The other semi-final will see Belgium face France in Turin, with the winners set to meet in the final at San Siro on October 10.
Gavi is included along with his Barca Pedri teammates Sergio Busquets and Eric Garcia.
Here is the rest of Luis Enrique’s 23-player squad for the last four of the Nations League.
Luis Enrique spoke about his decision to call on Gavi at a press conference.
“He surprised me, but I’ve known him from Barça’s youth team and I have no doubts about his performance in the future. For me, the fact that there are injuries means I can see more. With this timeline, these things are happening and these opportunities are happening. It’s a very Barça interior, with and without the ball, and it brings a lot of things. “
As expected, there is no call yet for Barcelona’s Ansu Fati who is slowly coming back from a long layoff due to a knee injury and Luis Enrique admitted he was tempted to call the ‘teenager.
“The first thing is that it’s a joy to see him again. And yes, I wanted to call him and bring him, even if it wasn’t to play, just to be there. But you have to put in context where he’s coming from, how many months he’s been away. We decided that it was better not to bring him so that he could recover well with his club.
Ansu enjoyed a memorable comeback against Levante on Sunday and clocked in an extra 22 minutes of first-team action against Benfica in the Champions League.