Thursday Oct 08, 2020. 09:00
Adama Traore has made his international debut for Spain.
The 24-year-old arrived for international duty with the 2010 FIFA World Cup winners this week despite having been called up by Mali for their upcoming games against Ghana and Iran this month.
Traore was born in Spain to Malian parents and thus qualified to represent both countries at international level.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers star was called up for a third time by Spain after having to withdraw from his previous two call-ups due to injury and testing positive for COVID-19 respectively.
It was third time lucky for the pacey winger who emerged from the bench in Spain’s 0-0 draw away to Portugal in an international friendly match on Wednesday evening. Traore will now be hoping to make his competitive debut in back-to-back Uefa Nations League clashes versus Switzerland and Ukraine on October 10 and 13.
“It’s the third time, so I’ll touch wood,” Spain head coach Luis Enrique told a news conference after announcing his squad last week.
“It’s the player who has to decide. What I know is that I have spoken with him and he wants to play for Spain.”