Spain defender Aymeric Laporte says he is excited to go up against France in the Nations League final on Sunday (Match Betting – Spain 21/10, draw 2/1, France 13/8).
The centre-back was born in Agen and made over 50 appearances for France’s youth teams, captaining them at various levels.
He was named in three senior squads by current Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps but never made it onto the field.
After growing tired with his treatment, Laporte became a Spanish citizen in May and declared himself available for La Roja.
Laporte has already won 11 caps for Spain (10/11 Nations League outright) and he looks set to make his 12th appearance in Sunday’s Nations League final against France in Milan.
“It will be a very special meeting for me but, as I have always said, I am very focused. I am 100% or even 300% with Spain,” Laporte told Spain’s official Twitter account.
“I’ll give it my all. I will face former team mates (from France’s youth teams) but the only thing I think about is winning this final, that’s the most important thing for me right now.”
World champions France (4/5 Nations League outright), who sealed their spot in the final courtesy of a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Belgium, are set to be without midfielder Adrien Rabiot after he tested positive for Covid-19.
Rabiot’s absence opens up an opportunity for promising 21-year-old Aurelien Tchouameni to start at the San Siro.
Lucas Digne has also withdrawn from the squad to return to Everton after sustaining a minor hamstring injury.
Italy and Belgium are set to meet earlier on Sunday, kicking off at 14:00, in the third place play-off at the Allianz Stadium in Turin (Match Betting – Italy 11/10, draw 12/5, Belgium 13/5).
Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard have been ruled out for the Red Devils, head coach Roberto Martinez confirmed.
Martinez said: “Romelu Lukaku is suffering from muscle overload, the same as Eden Hazard. They’re not in best conditions to play.”