The dreams of Manchester City defender, Aymeric Laporte to play international football is set to come true following the approval by FIFA to allow him play for Spain instead of France.
The 26-year-old was granted Spanish citizenship earlier in the week and can now play for the country at Euro 2020 this summer.
A FIFA statement said he could play for Spain with “immediate effect”.
Laporte, who was born in France, joined City for a then club-record £57m in January 2018 from Spanish side Athletic Bilbao.
Last year, FIFA’s annual congress approved a rule change which meant players could switch countries if they had not played more than three matches for a country before the age of 21 and had not featured at a World Cup or continental tournament.
Laporte represented France at under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 levels, captaining each side.
He was part of the under-19 team that came runners-up to Serbia in the 2013 UEFA European Championship in Lithuania, and was selected in the Team of the Tournament.
In August 2016, at the behest of new national manager Julen Lopetegui, Laporte began the process of making himself eligible for Spain. A month later, he was called up to the senior France squad for 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and the Netherlands in October.
He stated he had decided not to apply for Spanish nationality with the continued aim of playing for France. He did not take part in either match.