​West Ham's goalkeeper Adrian is making the most of his recent call-up to link up with his national side Spain under new boss Julen Lopetegui.


The 29-year-old was named as their third choice goalkeeper in Lopetegui's first Spanish squad, behind David de Gea and Pepe Reina, as they kick off their qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Hammers keeper was rewarded with his first call up by the new Spanish boss, who took over from Vincente del Bosque who stepped down from his role following a disappointing European Championships in France.


The shot-stopper has been training with David de Gea and Pepe Reina for the past week, and was watching from the bench as Spain beat Belgium 2-0 in Brussels on Tuesday as part of a friendly match.

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The bench is where Adrian is expected to be once again for his national side's first World Cup qualifying game of the campaign on Monday evening as they line up against Liechtenstein, but that has not got Adrian down as he relishes every moment.


Speaking with ​Marca the Hammers keeper said: "I am very pleased and happy. It was a long-awaited call from my debut with Betis and then when I came to England. My name has always been there in the limelight and now Lopetegui has given me the opportunity. I want to seize it.

''The message to never give up is inside me. What I have achieved has been hard work and sacrifice.


''In these four seasons in the Premier League I have been at a high level with high performances. It was a moment that sooner or later had to come.''


Adrian relived the moment he obtained his first national side call-up following his consistency with the Hammers over the past few seasons, adding: 


''After completing training with West Ham I saw that [my] mobile had 300-odd 'Whatsapps' and thousands of calls from people wanting to congratulate me. My parents and my wife in the group of my family all shouted that 'you have been called up.'" 

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