Ander Herrera opens up about his senior international debut for Spain

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has opened up about his full international debut as a substitute against England at Wembley Stadium.

He had represented every junior age group of the national team prior to making his senior showing on Tuesday evening.

The Spaniard came on to replace Thiago Alcantara in the 56 minute and although Spain were trailing 2-0, they fought back to claim a 2-2 draw thanks to late goals from former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas and Real Madrid midfielder Isco.

Speaking about his debut, Herrera was delighted to represent his country.

“Wembley is the best stage for a debut,” he said. “It was so exciting and an honour to represent my country. I will have to frame the shirt.”

“We will take pride from this performance and fightback. That showed our footballing ability and character. We finished the game very strongly and whilst it was important to beat Macedonia, tonight we showed our fighting spirit.

“Another team would have surrendered but we did not give up and that shows our quality as a team, it shows the togetherness of our group.”

It’s the first time Man United trio David de Gea, Juan Mata and Herrera were called up to international duty together and it would have undoubtedly been a wonderful experience.

Hopes are Herrera can take his confidence to Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 19 as he slots right back into the squad after returning from his suspension.

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