Manchester United talent Alvaro Fernandez makes Spain U19 debut

Manchester United teenager Alvaro Fernandez has celebrated winning his first international Under-19 cap for Spain.

Fernandez started for Spain’s under-19s side as they took on Israel in Alicante.

The match was just a friendly before Spain continue their attempts to qualify for the European Championship.

Fernandez, pictured below wearing the number 3 shirt, posted on Instagram after the game.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

Fernandez started the game at left-back as Spain went down 1-0 due to a Stav Lemkin goal after ten minutes.

Spain had the chance to equalise in the second half when they were awarded a penalty but Nico Serrano missed the spot-kick.

United youngster Fernandez lasted 70 minutes before being replaced by Daniel Barcia.

Fernandez was involved in United Under-23’s 6-0 defeat against their West Ham counterparts on Saturday.

Taking this step forward at international level is a good way for him to move on from that disappointing result.

He has been involved in eight Premier League 2 games this season, scoring twice and has five assists in all competitions.

One of these assists came in the UEFA Youth League, which shows how well he bombs forward from full-back.

Fernandez is just 18 and has a good future in the game ahead of him if he keeps progressing.

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