It’s every young footballer’s dream to play at a World Cup.
But Man City’s 18-year-old attacking midfielder Brahim Diaz has turned down the chance to represent Morocco in Russia, according to Goal.
Diaz, who has played three times for City this season, will instead focus on breaking into the Spanish national setup.
Diaz was born in Malaga and came through their academy system before signing for City at the age of 16 in 2013.
He’s played for Spain at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level although his Moroccan father made him eligible for the North African nation.
As fate would have it Spain were drawn in Morocco’s World Cup group, alongside Iran and Portugal.
Morocco were more successful in convincing Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi.
Hakimi was born in Madrid but has played for Morocco six times and will hope to turn out against Spain in Russia.
This seems like a perfect time to remind you that Sam Allardyce one tried to call Steven N’Zonzi up for England duty.
If only he was successful.
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