Darwin Nunez will fulfil a lifelong dream this winter, with the Liverpool striker called up to the Uruguay squad for the World Cup in Qatar.
Nunez has been a regular in the Uruguay squad for the past two years, and as a club-record signing and Ballon d’Or nominee, his call-up may not come as a surprise.
But the striker’s joy at being confirmed as part of Diego Alonso’s squad for the upcoming tournament was all the same, with the news announced on Thursday night.
Alonso has named a 26-man group ahead of clashes with South Korea, Portugal and Ghana in Group H, including two more familiar faces for Liverpool supporters.
Luis Suarez is part of a core of veterans in the squad, while Sebastian Coates is expected to be a key starter at centre-back.
Six players called up, including Suarez, are in their mid-30s, with Nunez among the youngest compared to Diego Godin, Edinson Cavani, Martin Caceras, Fernando Muslera and Sebastian Sosa.
Siempre soñé con que este día llegaría! ?
VAMOS NOSOTROS ?? https://t.co/UpxdLueiQt
— Darwin Núñez (@Darwinn99) November 10, 2022
“I always dreamed that this day would come,” came his reaction on Twitter. “Let’s go!”