November 17th 2018 will be a date Tottenham’s Juan Foyth will remember for the rest of his life, as it’s the day he made his debut for the Argentina national team in a friendly against Mexico.
For this to happen, the planets had to align quite nicely for him, with a couple of defenders dropping out of the squad due to injury, yet his dream was nearly crushed after colliding with Walter Kannemann in training.
Left with six stitches on his cheek, the Spurs defender was a doubt for the game at first, but he ultimately started and played all 90 minutes in a 2-0 win.
Speaking to Ole in his home country, the 20-year-old revealed what went through his mind when he first saw the cut.
He said: “I didn’t want to have to drop out. The moment it happened, I asked the doctor if I could be there. I wanted to be there. Thankfully, I was able to. They said to not worry, it was just a small cut. If it opened up, they’d sew me back up. And if happened again, they would sew me up again.”
The youngest member of the Argentina squad, Ole explain Foyth is seen by Lionel Scaloni as the ‘symbol of the national team’s renovation’.
Describing his ‘beautiful’ first cap as ‘realising a dream’, the Tottenham defender couldn’t be happier.
He said: “I’m very pleased to be here. They made me feel very welcome. There’s a very good group being put together and I hope to continue in this manner.”
That, and he’ll be returning to his club where Mauricio Pochettino has started to trust him more and more, starting him for the past couple of games next to Toby Alderweireld.
His last game? A 1-0 win over Crystal Palace where he scored the winner in the 66th minute.
Things are going well for Juan Foyth.