Five Barcelona youngsters enter list for National team selection

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FC Barcelona continues to nurture extraordinary talents from within the ranks of their prestigious La Masia academy. Even in recent games, Xavi Hernandez has gone on to entrust the youth of the club when various star players had been injured or absent.

A statement in its own right, it now seems that a handful of select players may just have a go at a different kind of responsibility as they mature their footballing skills.

For the upcoming European championship that is scheduled to take place between the 3rd of July to the 16th of July, the Spanish Under-19 team has already qualified and is set to take part in the competition’s final phase.

The team’s manager, Jose Lana, is therefore keen on assessing the quality of players at his disposal so as to figure out who possesses the proper merit to feature in his chosen starting squads upon the team’s upcoming adventure in Malta.

Spain Under 19 manager Jose Lana
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To aid in such an assessment, the nation’s football federation has decided that the Under-19s will take part in a set of friendly games against the Mauritania Under-20s. These games will then reportedly help Jose Lana in deciding what players from amongst those that were able to display their quality are fit to use in the national team that takes part in the European championship.

In the most recent revelation by Mundo Deportivo, there are 5 current Barcelona youngsters who have been called up and one Barcelona loanee who has made the cut as well. These select few players include forwards Angel Alarcon, Ilias Akhomach, Victor Barbera, and Dani Rodriguez. It also includes the applauded young midfield talent of Aleix Garrido.

Lastly, those associated with Barcelona are rounded up by the inclusion of current FC Andorra player and Barcelona loanee Alex Valle, who mainly operates as a left-back.

Spain are set to face Greece, Norway, and Iceland in their Group “B” of the upcoming European championship.

In what is set to be an interesting watch for any and all who remain interested in watching the stars of the future develop in front of their eyes, the top two teams from each group will then advance to the semi-finals. This target remains a realistic objective for Jose Lana and his staff.


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