Brentford goalkeeper David Raya has admitted it is a ‘dream’ to be called up to the Spain squad, having been chosen by Luis Enrique this week.

The Brentford number one was the surprise call-up for the Spain squad ahead of the next international break, being chosen ahead of Manchester United’s David de Gea.

His selection has caused something of a debate in Spain, with many fans unaware of the goalkeeper given his career so far has seen him play for Blackburn, Southport and now Brentford.

He is, of course, now a Premier League goalkeeper with the latter but remains something of a mystery in his homeland, something his international call-up has now changed.

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He’s not focused on that, though, insisting getting the call from his country is a childhood dream come true.

“The first thing I did was to call my parents and my family,” he told Cadena SER.

“Everything I have achieved is also thanks to them. It’s a dream I’ve had since I was a kid, so it’s a fantastic moment.

“It’s understandable (the debate). I’ve played most of my career in the Championship, a league that is hardly known in Spain.

“It’s understandable that there are people who don’t know who I am or have questions about me.”

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While Raya is taking a gentle approach to the debate caused by his call-up, there are those who aren’t being so magnanimous.

The fact he has been chosen ahead of David de Gea is an outrage to some, especially with the Manchester United man returning to form this season.

His experience, coupled with his 45 appearances for Spain, as well as the numerous appearances for them at various youth levels, means some believe he should always be in the three chosen.

Enrique thinks differently, though, and Raya is refusing to get dragged into a debate about the Manchester United ‘keeper as well.

“People are going to have an opinion, that’s for sure,” he added.

“There will be people who understand it and others who don’t. I’m very happy to have been selected. I’m very happy to have been selected, and I’m going to try to do my best.

“I would like to make my debut in Barcelona, which is my home city, but if I make my debut, I am more than satisfied.”