In the latest Spain news, defender Nacho hopes he is given the chance to show what he can do at the World Cup and is keen to face Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Nacho is among the La Roja squad hoping to replicate the results of the 2010 Spanish vintage, who lifted the trophy in South Africa while also winning Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.
They are among the favourites to win the tournament and 2/1 with Sky Bet to win all their group games, which includes a clash with Portugal on June 15.
It seems likely that Spain and Portugal will qualify from Group B, with Morocco and Iran the other two nations trying to make the last-16 in Russia.
Nacho came off the bench during Spain’s last friendly – a 1-0 win over Tunisia in Krasnodar on Saturday – and he hopes to have done enough to start in their World Cup opener on Friday.
“I hope that I have the chance to play against Cristiano Ronaldo, we must be focused on cancelling him out,” he told Marca.
“The coach knows that I’m qualified to start in this position, I’m prepared. Everyone knows that I feel more comfortable in the centre than at full-back, but I’ve played big matches there.”
And the 28-year-old stopper feels certain that Ronaldo will still ply his trade at the Bernabeu next term despite speculation about his future.
“I expect to see him in the final, and at Real Madrid too. I’m calm, he has a contract with us,” he added.