“If I feel good I will be there. I will speak with the boss but in principal, yes I’ll be there.”
Those were the words every Spanish football fan was hoping to hear from the lips of Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez after he had expressed doubts about his participation in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Barcelona man was speaking to Marca after helping La Roja to Euro 2012 glory with a 4-0 victory over Italy in the final in Kiev, although his contribution to Vicente Del Bosque’s team had not been up to its usual standard in the previous five games, something Xavi himself admitted.
“I would have liked to have had more impact on games but against Italy I felt decisive,” he confessed.
“The whole team was very comfortable on the pitch and we enjoyed ourselves because we were superior.
“Personally I was very determined as I had been lacking that vital final pass, but in the final I managed to make two.”
The Catalan-born player, who completed 115 appearances for Spain in the Italy game, will be 34-years-of-age by the time the next World Cup starts.