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David Silva, Nolito, Kevin De Bruyne named in Spain, Belgium squads

Manchester City's internationals start to get their calls

Belgium Press Conference and Training Session Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Manchester City's internationals are starting to get their calls.

The Belgium and Spain FAs announced on Friday the squad lists for their upcoming international matches in September. They will first face each other in a friendly on September 1st before beginning their 2018 World Cup European Qualifiers, with Belgium will taking on Cyprus (Sept. 6), while Spain face Liechtenstein (Sept. 5).

New Red Devils manager Roberto Martínez (who by the way invited Thierry Henry to be his assistant, which is very cool) has made his first national team selection, and there are plenty of familiar faces, including Man City's Kevin De Bruyne:

Man City and Belgium captain Vincent Kompany is not on the list as he's still recovering from injury, but once he's finally healthy, Martínez will definitely call his best defender again.

Like Belgium, the Spanish national team also has a new manager. After years under Vicente Del Bosque, La Roja is now coached by Julen Lopetegui, who made his first selection for Spain, with two City players (David Silva and Nolito) making the cut:

It's a somewhat surprising selection from Lopetegui, dropping Iker Casillas, the longtime starting keeper from La Roja, and also bringing back Diego Costa, who was absent from Del Bosque's last several lists.

The next Citizens expected to be called are Joe Hart, John Stones and Raheem Sterling, all likely to be in Sam Allardyce's first England list.