Swansea sensation Michu has finally won his first call-up to the Spanish national team.
The 27-year-old attacking midfielder/sudden striker has been a revelation since joining the Swans from Rayo Vallecano before last season.
Before that, he had been on the periphery of the Spanish team, as the best player at a succession of mediocre clubs.
But his scoring form for the past few years has been nothing short of astonishing, for a late bloomer who has become a cult hero wherever he has played.
His 22 goals for Swansea last season made him one of English football’s most prolific scorers, and he already has five goals to his name this season.
Michu has never represented Spain at any level, but it’s better late than never for the rangy hard worker with the Midas touch in front of goal.
The reigning world and European champions take on Belarus in Palma on Friday before hosting Georgia in Albacete four days later in their bid to reach Brazil 2014.
And coach Vicente Del Bosque has seen fit to finally reward Michu for his seasons of eye-catching graft, selecting him ahead of Roberto Soldado and Fernando Llorente.