Prior to the UEFA Nations League matches with Portugal and Switzerland, Spain coach Luis Enrique explained why winger Nico Williams of Atletic Bilbao was selected.
On September 24, La Roja of Spain will play Switzerland in La Romerada, Spain, and on September 27, they will take on Portugal in Estadio Municipal de Braga, Portugal.
Williams, 20, was invited to play in Spain’s future games. Williams was born to Ghanaian parents in Pamplona, Spain.
Coincidentally, Inaki Williams, his older brother, recently switched allegiance to Ghana ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after playing two games for Basque Country, one senior La Roja match, and representing Spain at the U-21 level.
Enrique insists that Nico Williams’ exclusion from the Spanish team was due to Ghana.
“I’m not doing this to stop him going with Ghana, he’s young and a very interesting player,” The Guardian quoted Enrique as saying.
“He’s playing more often with Atletico (Bilbao) now. He’s progressing wonderfully, I like him enormously.
“We’ve had him in the junior squad and have been following him for a long time.
“I reckon the family will be delighted, imagine the party if they both go to the World Cup. And they reach the final, that would be the absolute business.”
In six Laliga appearances for Athletic Bilbao so far this season, Nico Williams has tallied two goals and one assist.
Spain is in Group E with Costa Rica, Germany, and Japan, while Ghana is in Group H with Portugal, Uruguay, and South Korea for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will run from November 20 through December 18.