‘This isn’t the end of Spain’s cycle’

Xabi Alonso has rejected the suggestion that Spain’s cycle of success will come to an end at this World Cup, six years after it began.

Appearing at a Press conference prior to the friendly against El Salvador on Saturday, Alonso was questioned about his international future as well as that of La Roja as a whole.

“I still haven’t decided anything,” he said when asked if this would be his last World Cup, AS reports.

“Now my head is only in this World Cup and I don’t give any importance to anything else.

“We’ve won two European Championships and the World Cup but I don’t think it’s the end of the cycle.

“For some of us it will be the last World Cup. We know it won’t be easy but we will fight for it.”

Alonso has been carrying an injury as Spain prepare to play the Netherlands on June 13 but is hopeful of featuring against El Salvador, a match he considers very important with the World Cup now close.

“I’ve been training alone but the intention is to train normally and against El Salvador, I’ll get minutes, with the Netherlands in mind,” he revealed.

“We face El Salvador with the utmost seriousness and respect for our opponent. It will be important for the match against the Netherlands.

“[El Salvador] have changed their Coach and many players. We’re not up to date but we’ll learn about them before the game. We’ll face them with the utmost respect.”

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