Spain are looking to bounce back from a terrible World Cup campaign which saw them lose to Chile and Netherlands and beat Australia as they crashed out of Group B at the first hurdle - despite their recent success having won Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
Now, Vicente del Bosque's get their qualification campaign for the 2016 European Championships in France underway on Monday as they face Macedonia. La Roja have already been dealt a blow though, as Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been ruled out of the game with an injury.
Costa may not have impressed for Spain at the World Cup, but he's been nothing short of superb for Chelsea so far this season with four goals in three games. His absence means there is another spot in the Spain squad available, and del Bosque has made a shock decision with Costa's replacement.
Barcelona youngster Munir El Haddadi has burst onto the scene with the Catalan giants this season, scoring a goal on his Camp Nou debut against Elche in the first game of the season. With a low buyout clause in his current contract, El Haddadi has been reportedly targeted by Arsenal, with Barcelona now intent on extending his deal to place a higher buyout clause in order to fend off interest.
Now, his stock is set to increase even more now as the 19-year-old has been handed a shock call-up to the Spain squad to replace Costa - with Spain looking to guarantee that the forward chooses to play for them rather than Morocco, the country of his descent. Despite the confusion over his long-term international future, El Haddadi has been speaking of his delight at representing the country of his birth.
"When I was told I was left with my mouth open," said El Haddadi. "It’s a dream to play with the Spain team and I am very happy that it has come true. Right now I want to enjoy it, seize the opportunity and give the best impression of myself. It’s good to win every title and I would be very proud. I want to play for Spain. Every summer I supported the Spain team since I was a child, and now I want to thank my family and friends for supporting me."