Alejandro Garnacho has gotten the opportunity to make his debut for the Argentina senior national team
Alejandro Garnacho is eagerly anticipating his much-awaited first appearance with the Argentine team. He has confirmed that he has made up his mind to represent the South American nation, despite being born in Spain and having an Argentine mother. Garnacho has been selected to play in Argentina’s friendly match against Australia and is excited about the opportunity to play alongside Lionel Messi, the World Cup champions, in Qatar.
“I feel Argentinian, I am Argentinian. They bet on me and it was clear to me. It’s a very big national team, a very good opportunity and my whole family is very happy and supported me from minute one,” Garchacho told TyC Sports on Monday.
Garchacho had a successful season with United, but unfortunately, he injured his ankle and was unable to be selected by Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni for friendly matches against Panama and Curacao in March. Additionally, he was unable to participate in the Under-20 World Cup in South America, which was relocated from Indonesia.
“I talked a lot to the (Manchester United) coach (Erik ten Hag) and asked him to please let me go, but he said it was impossible. Still, I followed it on TV as if I was there,” he added.
According to FIFA regulations, players who hold dual citizenship can switch national teams if they have played in three or fewer matches, including friendly games. Despite the chance of being selected by Spain, Garnacho expressed his desire to pursue a career with Argentina.
“I don’t need to play three games. I’m here and if I don’t make my debut on the tour, it doesn’t matter. I know I want to be with Argentina and it’s going to happen”
“I want to make a career with the Argentine national team, if the coach trusts me I can keep coming. I want to be one more and take part in the Copa America, the qualifiers and the World Cup.”
“I know that a lot of people in Argentina love me, appreciate me. I’ve already made the decision to play for Argentina, and I’m going to return that love on the pitch,” he added.