Adama Traore and Ansu Fati called up by Spain

KONFRONTASI -     The forwards are set to ditch the African sides after they received invitations to the national team of the European nation
Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore and Barcelona rising star Ansu Fati have been called up by Spain for their Nations League fixtures against Germany and Ukraine in September.

Traore is eligible to play for the Mali national team and the European country. His recent form has seen both national teams jostle to win his allegiance.

The winger, whose pace has become a nightmare for Premier League defenders, scored six goals and provided 12 assists in 54 appearances across all competitions in the 2019-20 season, amid other dazzling displays.

In January, the versatile forward stated he has not decided on his international future but will be open to representing any of the countries.

Traore was handed his first call-up to the Spanish national team for Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Malta and Romania in November 2019 but pulled out of the fixures due to an injury.

The 22-year-old forward, who has previously played for the European country’s U21 team, has now been given another chance to make his debut for the senior side.

"In these last two seasons in England he [Traore] has improved a lot. He is hungry and eager to continue improving. He can bring us many things," Spain manager Luis Enrique said.

Fati has been in sparkling form for Barcelona since he signed his first professional contract with the Spanish giants last summer.

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The 17-year-old forward scored eight goals in 33 appearances across all competitions in the 2019-20 campaign.

Fati was born in Guinea-Bissau but since he has not played for the African country, the Spanish government granted him citizenship in September to enable him to feature for the European side.

The youngster will now hope to make his bow for the senior team after featuring for the U21 side.