Spain-capped star called up for Morocco


Former FC Barcelona prodigy Munir El Haddadi is set to make a historic nationality switch after being called up for the latest Morocco squad.

Born in Spain to a Moroccan father, El Haddadi previously had a request to represent the Atlas Lions denied by FIFA due to the fact that he had previously represented his country of birth in a competitive international fixture.

However, the former Barcelona forward, whose solitary appearance for La Furia Roja in 2014 lasted just 13 minutes, will now get his wish to represent Morocco after FIFA changed their rules on the criteria of players changing national teams.

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The new laws allow a player to switch allegiances provided they have only featured in three or less international fixtures, excluding major tournaments, must have been younger than 21 years of age at the time of their last appearance and have had no international activity in the past three years.

El Haddadi was thus eligible to be called up to the latest Morocco squad due to the fact that he was 19 years old at the time of his Spain appearance and has played no international football over the past six years.

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