Manchester United’s Ander Herrera received his first call up for the Spanish national team this week, and it’s produced a couple of interesting stories about what happened after he got the telephone call.
We’ve already covered a story from Marca today which said the Manchester United player was already in Madrid, and after receiving the call he only took 45 minutes to get to the training base and join his teammates.
And now there’s another snippet about Herrera call-up from El Confidencial… he didn’t have any boots.
Herrera was supposed to spend only a few days in his home country to rest, the break authorised by Manchester United, which is usual for him, as he was never called-up to the senior national team before.
When Saúl Ñiguez’s physical problems were confirmed, added to problems with Javi Martinez, manager Julen Lopetegu chose the Manchester United midfielder, who coincidentally wasn’t far away.
After showing up miraculously fast, there was the issue: He had left all of his equipment in Manchester, including his boots.
The player had to leave the training centre quickly and go to buy a new pair, in order to train with the group this morning. El Confidencial doesn’t say how long it took, but as happy as Herrera was to join the team so fast, we bet he could find an open store in a matter of seconds.
Adidas will now almost certainly have had a package of boots sent to the training centre, all ready for what Herrera will hope is a possible debut.