Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has been called into the Spain under-21 squad for the first time, with Serge Gnabry also achieving such a milestone for Germany.
Bellerin has broken into Arsenal's first team this season, and has become a dependable option with Mathieu Debuchy suffering two substantial injury lay-offs. Gnabry's season has been a write-off with injury until now.
Both players were delighted with the recognition, using their Twitter pages to convey their happiness.
A huge honour for me to be called up for the @sefutbol U21 squad today. Can't wait to meet up with the squad next week.— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) March 20, 2015
Happy to be nominated for #Germany under-21 against Italy and England!— Serge Gnabry (@SergeGnabry) March 20, 2015
Bellerin is no stranger to the Spanish youth set up, with nine appearances for the under-19 side. This is though his first under-21 chance.
He has also represented Spain at under-17 and under-16 level, a highly rated prospect since his time at Barcelona.
Full-backs to feature for the Spanish under-21 side at full-back over the last five years include Barcelona's Martin Montoya, Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta, and Arsenal's Nacho Monreal, who appeared in the 2009 under-21 European Championships as a 23-year-old.
The recognition is well earned for Bellerin, who has proved as useful an attacking force as in defence, and this is a big step in the journey to representing the Spanish senior side one day.
Gnabry has been a regular in the German youth set up, and had scored three goals in six appearances for the under-19s.