Marcos Alonso becomes the third generation to reach national team

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Marcos Alonso has finally been called up to the Spanish national team for the first time.

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It’s a measure of the quantity of talent that la Roja have that this is Alonso’s first callup. He’s been exceptionally good at Chelsea for almost two full seasons now, and had impressed before that at Fiorentina too.

This is his last chance to impress manager Julen Lopetegui before this summer’s World Cup, so it’s a tall order to get on the plane to Russia. Barcelona’s Jordi Alba has the left back slot locked down, and Alonso’s teammate Cesar Azpilicueta’s versatility makes him a great squad option to cover all the way along the back line.

Still, Alonso’s quality, not least from set pieces, as well as his height that Antonio Conte loves to make the most of, make him an equally unique proposition for his national team too.

Alonso follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, all of whom played internationally for their country.

Good luck Marcos!