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Barcelona midfielder breaks 85-year-old record in Spanish football

Barcelona midfielder breaks 85-year-old record in Spanish football

Barcelona midfielder breaks 85-year-old record in Spanish football

Barcelona midfielder GAVI became the youngest player in the history of the Spain national team tonight when he took to the field for the Nations league semi-final with Italy aged 17 years and 62 days.

Gavi was named in the starting line-up for the match at the San Siro by coach Luis Enrique despite only having five La Liga appearances to his name.

He breaks an 85-year-old record held by Angel Zubieta Redondo, who donned the Spain jersey for the first time in a 1936 friendly against Czechoslovakia when 17 years and 284 days old.

On Tuesday Mbappe said in a long interview with sports daily L’Equipe that he would have liked more from the team after his missed penalty against Switzerland ended world champions France’s European Championship campaign at the last 16 stage.

However, coach Deschamps claimed he hadn’t even read the article, published two days before what should be Mbappe’s 50th cap for his national team, against Belgium in the Nations League semi-finals.

“I don’t know what he said, I didn’t read it and it doesn’t interest me,” Deschamps told reporters.

“I spoke to him and had a discussion with him, and that’s all that matters for me. What’s done is done, you can’t go back into the past.”

France captain Hugo Lloris said that it was time for France to put the Euro flop behind them and look ahead to Thursday’s match in Turin.

“It’s not a good idea to mix competitions. The Euro finished a few months ago and now we’re talking about the Nations League semi-final,” said Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris.

“Playing against a strong team like Belgium makes things better for us. And even though the Nations League is not as important as the World Cup or the Euro, it is a tournament which involves the best teams in Europe.”

“I think it should be a quite rare tournament, so I think playing it every four years helps protect a precious tournament.

“I grew up waiting for the competition every four years and as a player I think it’s always something that you have in your mind. I think it’s a decision that needs to be made thinking about the players, the clubs and the countries.”

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