West Ham star rewarded with first international call-up
By Dominic Toner
Adrian has been called up to Spain’s national side for the first time in his career.
Adrian, 29, has been rewarded for his performances with West Ham and named as one of three goalkeepers in Julen Lopetegui’s 24-man squad to face Belgium and Liechtenstein.
West Ham’s number one has not represented his country at any level, which reflects the quality of the current Spanish goalkeepers.
He joins David De Gea and Pepe Reina as the three goalkeeping options in the senior squad.
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) August 26, 2016
There was no place for Spain’s all-time appearance record holder Iker Casillas, who has 167 caps for his country but has not made Lopetegui’s squad this time around.
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Lopetegui was a goalkeeper during his playing career and has now replaced World Cup winner Vicente del Bosque as the national team manager.
Adrian is currently number one at the Hammers despite pressure from team-mate Darren Randolph for the jersey.
The Spanish shot-stopper has made 107 appearances for the east London club since joining from Real Betis in 2013 and has kept 28 clean sheets.
He suffered a nasty looking challenge from Diego Costa on the first day of the season, but wasn’t injured and helped his side beat Bournemouth 1-0 at the London Stadium last weekend.
In other West Ham team news, their fans have reacted on Twitter to the performance of Ashley Fletcher in the defeat to Astra Giurgiu.