Aymeric Laporte set for shock Spain Euro 2020 call-up
According to reports in Spain, Aymeric Laporte will be called up to Spain’s squad for the European Championships this summer after a personal appeal from coach Luis Enrique.
The Manchester City defender has 51 appearances for France’s youth teams since representing them at U17, U18, U19, and U21 levels, but despite being called up to the squad four times, he has yet to make his senior team debut.
The 26-year-old was born in the French Basque Country, but after receiving a Spanish passport, MARCA claims he will play for La Roja in this summer’s tournament.
According to the outlet, Enrique demanded that the Spanish FA look into the possibility of Laporte representing Spain in the tournament that the country won in 2008 and 2012.
According to the same source, both the player and FIFA have given their permission for the centre-back to play for Spain this summer, though the latter’s final procedure is still pending.
Laporte is said to have been on Spain’s radar since Julen Lopetegui took over in August 2016.
Enrique is expected to name a 26-man squad for the Euros on May 21, up from the previously reported 23.
If Laporte is called up, it would greatly improve Spain’s central defensive choices, which already include Man City teammate Eric Garcia, Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, Villarreal’s Pau Torres, and Athletic Bilbao’s Inigo Martinez.
Although Guardiola has reclaimed his place in the Premier League, he has chosen Ruben Dias and John Stones as the core pairing in the Champions League knockout stages.
While the world champions last called Laporte up to the squad in August 2019, he withdrew two days later after sustaining a lateral meniscus injury that kept him out for most of last season, Spain’s benefit may be France’s loss.