Swansea City striker Michu admitted to having hopes of making the Spain squad for this week’s friendly, but is understanding for his exclusion.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed a strong start to life in the Premier League this season, after a summer move from Rayo Vallecano, and was thought to be in line for a first call up to the Spain squad.
However, following on from Vicente del Bosque’s snub, the striker has made clear he holds no grudge.
“I have no problem with not being picked for the Spain squad, Michu told reporters this week.
“They have some really good and big players in the squad. I will need to work harder. I wasn't disappointed. It is difficult to enter into the Spanish squad and play games.
“I have had no contact with [Del Bosque]. I'm not thinking about getting into the next squad right now, I'm only thinking about [Swansea’s next game against] QPR.
“I hoped I would be in the squad, but getting in the Spain squad is difficult. They are the best team in the world and they have great players. They all deserve to be in the squad.”