Barcelona’s 17-year-old midfielder has been handed a surprise call up by Spain coach Luis Enrique for the Nations League Final Four tournament in Italy next month.

Gavi, who has only featured for Spain at junior levels previously and turned 17 in August, has made just two La Liga starts for the Catalans this term.

However, he has done enough across his six appearances in all competitions to impress Luis Enrique and earn a spot in the 23-man squad.

Villarreal’s 18-year-old forward Yeremy Pino is another uncapped name included by Luis Enrique, who is without regulars Alvaro Morata, Gerard Moreno, Thiago Alcantara and Sergio Ramos through injury.

The two teenagers are joined by fellow Barca youngsters Pedri, who has recovered from a thigh injury, and Eric Garcia in a squad that includes four from the Camp Nou side despite its poor start to the season.

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Once again there are no Real Madrid players included despite them being top of LaLiga.

Elsewhere, Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso’s fine start to the season has been rewarded with a recall and he is in line to add to his three caps which all came in 2018.

Atletico Madrid utility man Marcos Llorente is included as a forward despite usually playing full-back for his country, while David de Gea will be hoping his stellar start to the campaign will earn him a spot in the XI once again.


Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), David De Gea (Man Utd), Robert Sanchez (Brighton).

Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Pedro Porro (Sporting Lisbon), Eric Garcia (Barcelona), Aymeric Laporte (Man City), Inigo Martinez (Athletic Bilbao), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Sergio Reguillon (Tottenham), Marcos Alonso (Chelsea).

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodrigo (Man City), Pedri (Barcelona), Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Gavi (Barcelona).

Forwards: Ferran Torres (Man City), Pablo Sarabia (Sporting Lisbon), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Pablo Fornals (West Ham), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Yeremy Pino (Villarreal). (Reporting by Joseph Walker Editing by Robert Birsel)

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