Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera receives first senior Spain call-up.

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera expressed his delight after being called up by Spain for the first time in his senior career.

Following an impressive start to the season, Herrera has joined Julen Lopetegui’s squad for the World Cup qualifying matches against Italy and Albania.

The former Athletic Bilbao midfielder has played his way into Jose Mourinho's starting line-up at Old Trafford in recent weeks, playing the holding role.

However, Herrera used his Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon to express his delight, posting: "Long time dreaming with it, I am very proud to be able to represent my country, thanks to everyone for the kind messages."

After the news of Herrera's call-up was announced, United skipper Michael Carrick offered his best wishes via Twitter.

"Congrats Ander," the 35-year-old posted. "Well deserved my friend. Good luck!"

David De Gea is also in the Spain squad for the matches against Italy and Albania on Thursday and Sunday.

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