Five Athletic Club Players Called Up To The Basque National Team
Once every year the Basque National Team is able to play a match and it is always a very special occasion. Sadly, due to different circumstances Euskal Selekzioa have not taken the field since defeating Tunisia 3-1 back in December of 2016. That will all change on Friday when they will host Venezuela at 2:45pm at Mendizorrotza.
On Wednesday the Basque Federation, Euskadiko Futbol Federakundea, announced the 18 player squad list for the match which featured five Lions from Athletic Club. Aritz Aduriz leads the list having already featured 11 times for the National Team, followed by Iñigo Martinez with six caps. Dani García (4) and Yuri Berchiche (3) have also been summed, as has Iñaki Williams who will be playing his very first hame for Euskal Selekzioa.
The rest of the squad is made up of other players from La Liga with some big names on the list. Ibai Gómez, Manu Garcia, and Martin Aguirregabiria have been called up from Alavés who will be hosting the game at their stadium. Anaitz Arbilla and Asier Riesgo will represent Eibar while Mikel Vesga, Javi Eraso, and Jon Ander Serantes have been summoned from Leganés. Real Sociedad also supplied five players with Jon Bautista, Aritz Elustondo, Asier Illarramendi, Luca Sangalli, and David Zurutuza all included as well.