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arcos Llorente is the latest product of Real Madrid‘s academy to play for the Spanish national team. The Atletico Madrid midfielder made his debut for La Roja as a second-half substitute against the Netherlands on Wednesday night.

In doing so, he joins an illustrious list of fellow La Fabrica graduates who have made it onto the international scene with Spain. Some examples are Iker Casillas, Raul and Emilio Butragueno.

However, these days, Real Madrid’s academy graduates tend to earn their Spain call-ups having already left the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. When Llorente came on the pitch at the Johan Cruyff Arena, Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon was already there.

In fact, you can make up a team of Real Madrid academy graduates that have recently played for Spain having left Los Blancos beforehand.

In goal, Diego Lopez and Kiko Casilla both made it into the Spain squad for their performances after leaving Real Madrid, the former with Villarreal and the latter with Espanyol.

Alongside Reguilon, who made his international debut while at Real Madrid but has since moved to Spurs, there is Diego Llorente. The centre-back was first called up by Vicente del Bosque in 2016 while he was on loan from Los Blancos at Rayo Vallecano.


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