I didn’t invite Nico Williams to stop him from playing for Ghana – Luis Enrique

Spain coach Luis Enrique says his decision to hand Nico Williams a call-up is not a ploy to prevent the youngster from playing for Ghana.

I didn’t invite Nico Williams to stop him from playing for Ghana – Luis Enrique

Last week, Nico earned his debut invitation to the Spanish national team ahead of their UEFA Nations League games against Switzerland and Portugal.

His call-up coincides with that of his senior brother Inaki, who recently switched national from Spain to Ghana and has also been invited for the Black Stars’ upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Nicaragua.

Speaking on Nico’s inclusion in his team, Enrique said he didn’t invite the 20-year-old to prevent him from playing for Ghana.

He explained that the Athletic Bilbao winger has been playing well at club level and has been on the radar of Spain’s technical team for some time.

“I’m not doing this to stop him from going with Ghana; he’s young and a very interesting player,” Enrique is quoted as saying by The Guardian.

“He’s playing more often with Athletic now. He’s progressing wonderfully. I like him enormously. We’ve had him in the junior squad and have been following him for a long time.

“I reckon the family will be delighted: imagine the party if they both go to the World Cup. And they reach the final, well, that would be the absolute business.”

Meanwhile, Inaki and Nico are set to join the growing list of brothers who played for different national teams.