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Last Updated: Friday, 24 February 2006, 12:49 GMT
Fabregas earns senior Spain call
Cesc Fabregas
Fabregas has matured this season
Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas looks set for a senior Spain debut after being named in the squad for the friendly with the Ivory Coast in Valladolid on 1 March.

The midfielder, 18, was the Gunners' youngster-ever debutant and has become a first-team regular this season.

Spain coach Luis Aragones said: "Although Cesc is young, after a year and a half in the Arsenal team he has emerged as a very important player.

"He's performed well for the under-21s and he's also got an eye for goal."

Fabregas' Arsenal team-mate Jose Reyes is also in the squad, along with the Liverpool quartet of Jose Reina, Luis Garcia, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Morientes.

There is also a first call-up for Villarreal's Brazilian-born defensive midfielder Marcos Senna.

"I've spoken to Senna and he has made it clear he wants to play for Spain and feels Spanish," Aragones explained.


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