meet Bruno & Nacho
Looking beyond the criticism that Vicente del Bosque received for his call-ups for the friendly against Mexico, the interesting thing was the return of Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal to the team, as well as the first time call-up of Bruno Soriano.
We’re all familiar with Santi here, since he was a big part of Spain’s 2008 Eurocopa campaign. So let’s take a look at Nacho and Bruno!
Bruno Soriano is a defensive midfielder with Villareal (with his call-up, Villarreal will send four players to the national team – the other three are Cazorla, Capdevila and new signing Marchena). He’s 26 years old, from Artana, Castellón (Valencia), and rose through the ranks of Villarreal’s youth teams to debut with the first team in 2006.
He said it was a surprise to him to hear his name on Thursday, since he hadn’t expected it. He found out from his brother, who had listened to the press conference on the radio, and immediately received congratulations from everyone. Watch a video of Bruno posing with the shirt of the national team here (a very happy Santi also appears).
Nacho Monreal is a 24-year-old defender who currently plays for Osasuna. He was born in Pamplona and also rose through the ranks of Osasuna, receiving his first team debut in 2006. He was called up for the first time with the senior national team in August 2009, eventually earning two caps.
Of his return to the national team, he said it gave him “a lot of happiness” and added that the call-up was unexpected, so it took him by surprise.