Because he has never been in prime physical condition for most of this season, Spain has decided to cross the name Santi Cazorla.
The Spanish national team has finally announced a shadow squad that will be part of their efforts to defend their Euro title in France tomorrow.
There Were Some Big Surprises
One of which caught the eye of the omission of Arsenal’s flamboyant midfielder, Santiago Cazorla. La Furia Roja coach, Vicente Del Bosque, then gave the reason he did not bring along the 31-year-old player.
“Cazorla has been injured for months and he has made several attempts to recover completely” opened Del Bosque, as quoted by Marca.
“Even so, we don’t want to have any doubts that he will not be in prime physical condition in tomorrow’s tournament,” he concluded.
Before Del Bosque’s announcement, midfielder Santi Cazorla is worried that the Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque will not be called up to play for the Spanish national team at the 2016 European Cup in France.
Cazorla, who is recovering from a knee injury suffered since November 2015, managed to lead Arsenal to beat Aston Villa 4-0 last Sunday. It was his first post-injury appearance.
The Austrian hopes to join the European Cup for the third time in his career after being part of the high-quality squad for the Spanish national team when they won the 2008 and 2012 European Cups.
Santi Cazorla’s Aspirations for Spain
“I want to play (against Aston Villa) so the staff will know that I am ready to be called,” said Cazorla, as quoted by Spanish sports media, Marca, Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
“It has been a tough year, but I never lost hope,” said the 31-year-old player.
“I’ve done everything I can to get back in time (for the Spanish national team announcement) and I’ll see what the coach (Vicente del Bosque) decides,” said the former Malaga and Villarreal man.
Cazorla has played for the Matador team 77 times and recorded 14 goals.
This Season Has Not Been Good For Cazorla
“I’m enjoying playing with my teammates for the first time in a while,” he said. “Being able to help the team to win feels better after coupling with the defeat of Tottenham.”
“I feel good, even though the Premier League is physically demanding,” he said.
“(Recovery) is a complex thing, as I expect it to recover in less than three months, but the Achilles injury prolongs that process,” he said. “I’m past injuries and hope to get back to enjoying football.”
This season Santi Cazorla himself has only played 23 games for the Gunners in all competitions, contributing one goal and four assists.
Spain Enters 2016 European Cup finals
On Saturday, October 10th, 2016, Spain finally stepped into the 2016 European Cup finals after beating Luxembourg 4-0 in Group C qualifying on early evening local time.
With this victory, Spain has secured 24 points and reign on top of the Group C standings. This result also passed La Roja to the Euro 2016 finals.
This certainty makes their flagship midfielder, Santi Cazorla, feel relieved. Understandably, Spain’s performance was doubted because of early defeat to competitors in the group stage, Slovakia.
“Finally we managed to do it. We know we have to be careful in approaching this match. We showed a good game and managed to secure a great victory,” said Cazorla, as quoted by AS.
“I always try to play well. I myself am actually surprised to be included in the starting XI. The coach decided to play me and it went well. I played well and scored two goals,” he concluded happily.
Spain’s winning goals were scored two each by Cazorla himself and Paco Alcacer.
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