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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 11, 2008

Barcelona starlet Bojan buoyed by Spain debut

Barcelona teenager Bojan Krkic spoke of his delight and relief after ending months of speculation by finally making his Spain debut on Wednesday night.

Bojan, who turned 18 less than a fortnight ago, was given a rapturous welcome by the fans at Albacete's Estadio Carlos Belmonte after replacing Santi Cazorla in the 64th minute of the World Cup qualifier against Armenia.

That appearance saw Bojan become one of the four youngest Spain internationals ever, and although the striker failed to make the most of a couple of goalscoring opportunities in the 4-0 triumph he was thrilled just to get his chance.

"The important thing was to make my debut with the team in this game, and that's what happened," he said.

"I'm very happy because I've been able to fulfil the dream of playing my first game with the national team, something that I was hoping do do.

"I've had the fortune to play some minutes and I won't forget this. Also I've had a couple of chances to score, but a goal would have been too much for me to expect."

Bojan's debut with the European champions will also now end any debate about him possibly playing for Serbia.

Born in Spain to a Serbian father and a Catalan mother, Bojan had represented Spain at both Under-17 and Under-21 level but had never won a senior cap despite being called up on two previous occasions.

That led to new Serbia coach Radomir Antic hinting at a possible selection to the Balkan nation, but Bojan insists he only ever wanted to play for Spain.

"There has also just been the debate of whether I would play for Serbia or not," Bojan added.

"I was calm about this matter and wasn't worried. The Spanish federation knew what the situation was and the fans knew I was going to play with Spain, but I'm very happy and very proud to have been able to make my debut at last and put aside this other debate."

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque had initially left Bojan out of his 20-man squad for the World Cup qualifying double-header against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia but called him up following an injury to Fernando Torres.

Del Bosque ignored calls from the Spain fans to give the youngster his first cap in Saturday's 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Murcia, but the former Real Madrid coach felt the time was right on Wednesday.

"He's been a bit nervous, but he's made his debut. We've christened him and now we have to take care of him, like (Diego) Capel, because he is a very young lad," said Del Bosque.

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