Manchester United midfielder Herrera called into Spain squad
MADRID (AP) Spain coach Julen Lopetegui is adding Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera to his squad for World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Albania.
The 27-year-old Herrera will be making his debut with the Spanish national team.
Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez was ruled out because of a muscle injury in his left leg.
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Spain plays against Italy in Turin on Thursday and Albania three days later.
Spain will be seeking to avenge a loss to Italy at the European Championship that ended its bid for a third consecutive continental title.
The 2-0 loss to Italy at Euro 2016 marked the end of Vicente del Bosque’s long and successful stint as Spain’s manager. Lopetegui has since been tasked with rejuvenating a team that won the 2010 World Cup and 2008 and 2012 European Championships.