Koke called up to Spain squad

Our young Spaniard could earn his first cap for La Roja

Koke tussles with Lewis Holtby  (Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Koke tussles with Lewis Holtby
(Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

The Spanish Football Federation has announced the squad to play Ecuador in a friendly next week, and it is the first senior selection to include Atlético Madrid’s own youngster, Koke.

Our No. 6 is the only Rojiblanco included in the travelling party, and it represents a great achievement for a player who has played for the Spanish side at every other level so far.

Del Bosque announced that he would be looking to bring some new blood into the national side following their heavy defeat to Brazil in the Confederations Cup final.

He has a great pool of talent to choose from, after seeing Koke and a young Spain team lift the European U21 Championships in Israel back in June.

Speaking at a press conference held before the championships, Del Bosque told AtléticoFans that “Koke is a player that we have placed a lot of hope in.”

The U21s did themselves a power of good, and uncapped Koke is among four players called up to represent Spain at the highest level.

Del Bosque indicated that the upcoming game against Ecuador was an important match, one that would help him pick a team to play Finland when the World Cup qualifiers resume in September.

“We have turned to those who made us champions with the U21s,” he said.

“Koke is playing very well for his club. He is very complete in his job in the midfield doing, practically, everything.”

Our young star is bound to be delighted after being given the opportunity to earn his first cap.

  • Kulan

    Great Koke! Now renew his contract and raise his 24-million buy-out clause. Next season Will be his massiv breaktrough and we don’t want Barca to snatch him up as a replacement for Xavi.

  • starvs



  • Will

    I know our team plays with different tactics but he could have our Xavi-Iniesta in Koke-Óliver in a few years.

  • starvs

    Will, English must not be your first language, I think you confused ‘months’ and ‘years.

  • kris

    LOL starvs,, yess!! YESS, YESS! That will work because Koke can play as a CDM as well as attacking midfielder. This will work, finally. I think though, it will only work if we play with one striker and have attack minded DMs like Bayern Munchen. Bayern Munchen had one DM, Javi Martinez, who was such a beast, and Schweinsteiger, no words about him. I think, Koke-Oliver will work if we only played with one CDM and played Oliver behind the wingers. Or, we can play with only one striker and put Oliver in between the wingers. Otherwise, Oliver will have to take Koke’s place and, Koke has to take either Mario or Gabi’s place.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Will, Starvs : You’re both right

    Koke-Oliver will be our Xavi-Iniesta in months
    and will be Spain’s new Xavi-Iniesta in few years !

  • starvs

    Well put Ahmad.

  • Alex21

    Damn we need to increase both of their buyouts by a shit load.

  • kris

    Right, Alex?? Because,, some team might just come and steal them.. WE as FANS know what they are capable but, I bet Gil knows too. Why doesn’t he do anything to hold on to players like Costa, Koke, Oliver, who have so much potential to rival some of the best players in the world?

  • kris

    BS newspapers in Spain are reporting, Los Che want to sign Adrian. NO. Just no. Why strengthen our opponents when we are not full strength, yet? THIS deal mustn’t go through, and if it does it will piss of so many fans and Simeone, as well. Simeone has already stated he wants to hold on to Adrian, so Gil has to do everything to hold on to him.

  • Vlad

    I’s sell Adrian for 15-20…

  • Piserakos

    For 15-20 it’s ok. We can bring capoue and have some money for extras

  • kris

    YYYYESS!! Villa scores his 1st goal with the Atletico Madrid shirt on his debut!! AWESOME stuff!!

  • Kabir

    wheres the stream

  • arjit

    Yeah I’ve been looking to the steam as well, cannot find it.

  • EC

    Villa gets 2 on his debut!!

  • kris

    Villa scored one, actually the second one was C-Rod’s. I think Oli impressed once again, like always.

  • EC

    Oh my bad. Both of the sites I was looking at said Villa scored 2.

  • kris

    Oh no, you should follow Atleti on twitter.

  • kris

    Oh,, yehh, and please if anybody finds the highlights,, do share on this website,, pleasee..

  • Fred

    Sips Atleti!
    We lookin good!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Hi guys

    anybody have a link for a summary of last night game,
    I want to see Villa’s goal so badly, I’ve read that it was magnificent

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