Why does Aymeric Laporte play for Spain instead of France? Manchester City defender made switch after feeling overlooked by Didier Deschamps

    Aymeric Laporte is part of Spain’s squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar this winter. 

    The Manchester City defender has become a regular for La Roja, collecting 15 international caps under Luis Enrique so far.

    Laporte will represent Spain in Qatar

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    Laporte will represent Spain in Qatar

    Laporte will play in his first-ever World Cup after recovering from injury and returning to action in the Premier League. 

    Although, the centre-back has not always played for Spain. He made 51 appearances at youth level for France. 

    So why did he make the switch? 

    Why does Aymeric Laporte play for Spain?

    Despite his experience playing for the France under-17s and under-21s, Laporte never made his senior debut. 

    He was called up by manager Didier Deschamps twice but never played a minute and after his last inclusion in 2019, he was overlooked. 

    Frustrated with his limited chances for Les Bleus, the defender said: “Of course, I don’t think it’s because of a sporting issue, you’d have to ask him [Deschamps] personally.

    “I don’t have anything personal against him, but if someone has a problem it’s him and not me.

    “I could be a world champion but these are the decisions of the coach, who is not calling me for, I think, personal reasons, and I have to respect him.”

    Laporte has one goal in his 15 appearances for la Roja

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    Laporte has one goal in his 15 appearances for la Roja

    In March 2021, Laporte was approached by Spain to make the switch from France. 

    He was born in French Basque Country and was eligible to play for la Roja after he was granted a Spanish passport. 

    Boss Enrique was able to convince the City man to make the switch and two months after the initial approach, he was granted Spanish nationality. 

    Since he switched to play for Spain, he has received some backlash but the decision seems to have paid off with World Cup appearances on the horizon.

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