Unai Simón Called Up To Spain National Team For First Time
Since taking over as Athletic’s starting goalkeeper last season, Unai Simón has introduced himself to the world. The 23-year-old stood out as one of Europe’s best shot-stoppers last year and will soon sign a new contract to continue his career in Bilbao. Simón has earned a new deal, and other rewards as well.
On Thursday, Spain manager Luis Enrique announced his squad for September’s Nations League qualifiers against Ukraine and Germany. Simón was included in the group, along with David De Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga, for the very first time and his inclusion came as no surprise following his tremendous performances as of late.
Simón had represented Spain at youth levels, but until now had never been called up to the main team. Many believe that the Lezama product can realistically challenge for the starting role and there’s reason to believe that he will be given that chance given the recent struggles of De Gea and Arrizabalaga.
Along with Simón, Iñigo Martínez would have been called up as well if not for a hip injury. Yeray, Unai Núñez, and Iker Muniain were also on the shortlist but didn’t make the squad. Unai Simón will join Spain for the matches against Ukraine and Germany which will be played in early September before the start of La Liga.