On This Day in Football: Alonso makes his international debut, but not for Spain

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On this day in 2001, former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso made his international debut but it was not for Spain.

Born in Gipuzkoa in Basque Country, the then 20-year-old Real Sociedad midfielder was called up to the Basque national team by manager Jose Angel Iribar for a friendly against Ghana.

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