By Rob Kelly
Santi Cazorla says there is a hunger within Spain to “achieve great things in football”.
Vicente del Bosque’s side have rewritten the history books by winning Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and this year’s European Championship.
Arsenal midfielder Cazorla has played his part in Spain’s success, and he firmly believes that there is much more to come.
“I think it is the greatest moment in [our football] history, and I have been fortunate enough to be part of it,” he told Arsenal Player. “Six or so years ago Spain hadn't achieved much at the Euros or the World Cup, then things changed.
“We won a European Championship, a World Cup and then another Euros. That shows the quality of players in Spain right now, and it is very unlikely we will see such a great bunch of players again.
“People like Iniesta and Xavi - you don't often see players of that quality on a pitch and I am lucky enough to learn from them every day and enjoy playing for Spain.”
Cazorla accepts that due to the exceptional quality of the Spain squad, opportunities are hard to come by.
“It is an unbelievable side and one in which many don't get a look in such as Juan Mata, Javi Martinez, Roberto Soldado and myself,” he said.
“But if you look at those who start - Iniesta, Silva, Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Busquets, Villla - you see why you don't start. I am lucky just to be involved. If I played then that's much better, but you must understand that to be selected for the national team is very difficult.
“The best thing for Spain is that the majority of our footballers are only 26 or 27, so there is a promising future ahead. Iniesta, Torres, Pique and Busquets for example are all very young with long careers ahead. Spain now has firm aspirations to achieve great things in football.”
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