Athletic Club’s Williams brothers embark on separate international assignments after fine form

Athletic Club have started their season in fine form under Ernesto Valverde, with El Txingurri matching their best start to the season after three wins, a draw and a loss.

Los Leones have had chronic problems in front of goal in recent seasons, but their good start has been largely down to the Williams brothers’ form. Inaki and his younger brother Nico scored in the same match for the first time against Rayo Vallecano in a 3-2 win. It was Inaki’s second goal of the season and Nico’s second in two matches.

Speaking after the match, Inaki told Movitar+, via Diario ASthat their mother would be proud.

“My mom would be proud of her kids, my family, my friends, my girlfriend, everyone helped out.”

Playing and scoring with his brother, Inaki had this to say.

“We are very happy to be able to be together and to offer evenings like this to the fans.”

Now they will both go on an international mission. Nico Williams won his first call-up to the Spain squad aged just 20 and could make his debut against Switzerland or Portugal.

However, he will not be joined by his older brother. Although he played in a friendly match against Spain in 2016, Inaki changed his international allegiance and decided to play for Ghana ahead of the World Cup.

This could potentially lead to an unbelievable situation where the two face off in Qatar. Ghana and Spain are in the same half of the table and could face each other in the quarter-finals if things go well.

Speaking after his squad announcement, Spain manager Luis Enrique commented on it for sport.

“It’s a special family in a good way, with two very high level players. Inaki didn’t come but I love him very much. I must choose. Nico, I like it a lot.

“The family will be delighted. Their two sons could go to the World Cup, imagine that we reach the final, it would be the play-offs. I don’t take Nico so he can’t go with Ghana, I would change the rules so players can play with the national team of their choice every year.

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