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Juventus striker Álvaro Morata receives first call-up to Spain squad

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Gabriele Maltinti

Seeing Álvaro Morata crack into the Juventus starting lineup seemed like a foregone formality as time has gone on this season. Having Fernando Llorente struggle to regain his form from last season helped, but every time Morata has stepped onto the field he has made an impact. And this is after he had to deal with getting injured the day after he officially became a Juventus player.

(Thanks again, Rubinho.)

Morata's impressive form since he summer switch from Real Madrid to Juventus has resulted in a surprise call-cup to the Spanish national team during next week's international break. The 22-year-old Morata, who was Juventus' one big signing over the summer, has officially made the jump from the Spanish Under-21 side to the big club. Here's visual proof:

And your reaction to your first-ever senior squad call-cup, Álvaro?

A little Italian and/or Serie A flair to the Spanish national team, I see. Maybe they'll all share a flight to their homeland together. I wonder if the Spanish footy federation has tried to look into a discount flight rate...

But I digress.

Morata has been one of Juventus' most in-form players over the last month or so. He may have started just three games in all competitions to begin the season, but that has more to do with Juve manager Max Allegri keeping faith with Llorente more than anything else. His two goals in 192 Serie A minutes is not a bad return by any means. And when you consider how touch-and-go his playing time has been outside of his start against Empoli last weekend, then it's put into perspective even more.

I mean, when you score filthy goals like the one below, you at least deserve to get a look, right? Yeah.

Now he's on his way to potentially getting his first career senior squad cap when Spain faces Belarus in a Euro 2016 qualifying match on Saturday. Three days later, Spain plays host to World Cup champion Germany on Nov. 18, which should be a nice little test for Morata if he does in fact get the chance to play.

Not a bad couple of weeks for the kid. Well done, Álvaro. And feel free to score as many goals as you want when you return from international duty. We won't be objecting to any of that.