Nacho Monreal has been included in the Spanish squad for their upcoming internationals.
They face Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday 12th November, before they play a friendly against England on the following Tuesday.
— Selección Española (@SeFutbol) November 4, 2016
The 30 year old left-back was called up during the last Interlull when Jordi Alba suffered an injury, and with the Barcelona man still sidelined, keeps his place in the squad.
Thankfully, there won’t be any repeat of last month’s antics where, after his late call up to play Albania, he had to take a roundabout trip to get there.
Flying from London to Rome, he then took a train to Lecce on the east coast of Italy. There he met a man named Marco who smuggled him onto a fishing boat where they crossed the Adriatic, landing at a fishing town named Vlorë.
From there it was a cattle train to the capital Tirana but, with the game taking place 100km further north in the town of Shkoder, he then had to get a taxi to the match.
He just about made it on time as the taxi driver had to stop on the way to drop off something at his fearsome mother-in-law’s house, and she spent an hour berating him for not taking his wife to dinner on their anniversary.
His insistence that he had to work provide for their three kids didn’t hold any sway over here, but in the end he got there just in time to win another international cap.
This time, Nacho can just get an EasyJet flight to Madrid and … oh … well, happy trails to him again.