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Atletico Madrid star rejects France for Spain

International Edition By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 10/03/2018

Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez has rejected a call-up for France national team for this month's friendly matches but the youngster wants to play for Spain.

The 22-year-old was invited by Les Blues coach for the upcoming games against Colombia and Russia as they continue their World Cup preparations.

Hernandez was born in Marseille and played for France at youth level from Under 16 to Under 21, but moved to Spain at just two years of age when his father Jean-Francois, also a footballer, was transferred to Galician club Compostela.

Atletico Madrid star has turned down the opportunity to represent 1998 world champions because he wants to play La Roja and he is hoping manager Julen Lopetegui to call him up for Spain.

Speaking to Spanish TV earlier this week, Hernandez outlined his love for his adopted country.

"I feel Spanish, Spain has given me everything," he said in a TVE interview a few days ago. "If they call me up, I'll go."

Spain are yet to name their squad for their friendlies against Germany and Argentina later this month. 

Hernandez has made 73 appearances for Atletico in all competition but is yet to score for Diego Simeone's side.