Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has been called into the Spain squad for the first time for their upcoming international friendlies with Germany and Argentina.
Alonso is hardly a spring chicken at 27 years of age, but he has been handed a call-up by La Roja boss Julen Lopetegui.
The wing-back, who is valued at £27m by transfermarkt.co.uk, will hope to impress for his country ahead of the 2018 World Cup as he eyes a spot in Russia.
Chelsea have had their problems this season, but Alonso has once again been a consistent performer for the reigning English champions.
Indeed, the Spaniard has scored seven times and registered three assists in 40 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea during the 2017-18 campaign.
The Blues posted an interview from Alonso on their official Twitter page earlier this week, and the club’s supporters were on hand to hail the defender, who has previously been linked with a move to Barcelona.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 20, 2018
Its a really deserved call up for all the hard work since we signed him #CFC
— ⚽⚽CHELSEA FC #CFC⚽⚽ (@GarinCFC1905) March 20, 2018
Totally deserved! You’ve been brilliant ☺️
— John Elliott (@JLampard8) March 20, 2018
Alonso is one of the reasons why Chelsea have not stumbled too far ! A left back who can score goals and freekicks is a talent that knows no bounds!
— Ram (@ram_k_007) March 20, 2018
Congrats Alonso it’s long overdue.
— Kevin the Blue (@Kevin35416759) March 20, 2018
He deserves it. He's been one of our best player this season.
— Hamza….. (@hasselbainkJF) March 20, 2018
I must admit I didn't like you in the beginning at Chelsea , but you've worked so so hard to be where you are today. Well done
— Prudence (@Prudenc69283326) March 20, 2018
U actually deserve it bro, just keep ur head down and improve more greatly, all d bst.
— sam abiodun (@samabiodun432) March 21, 2018
He deserved it…keep up Marcos alonso
— Karanja Njeri (@KaranjaNjeri4) March 21, 2018