‘A pleasure to play for Spain’

Cesar Azpilicueta has described his delight at returning to the Spain fold in the 1-0 win over Italy on Wednesday.

The Chelsea defender played the full 90 minutes at right back, despite having been used on the left of the defence in recent months by Jose Mourinho for his club.

But Azpilicueta had no qualms over his position, telling reporters after the match he was simply thrilled to be involved with La Roja for such a high-profile game.

“It was a very good game against one of the best teams in the world,” Azpilicueta said.

“I tried to do my best. Playing with these people is a pleasure, a treat and [my experience under Vicente Del Bosque] is much better.

“I have always been treated well [by the national team].

“I had a chance to impress and have tried to give my all. It’s very hard to be here.”

Azpilicueta was asked what he thought his chances of playing at the World Cup were following his performance against Italy but the defender insisted he was taking nothing for granted.

“It would be a dream. It’s a great competition.

“I’ll work every day. Hopefully I can be at such an important global event.

“There remains a lot to do and competition for places is high. I have to work hard.

“I have that dream and I hope I get it.”

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