Albiol expects Spain renewal

Raul Albiol has said it is normal that there will be Spain players leaving the international set-up after the World Cup.

The Napoli man said at a Press conference that it happens after every tournament, but that if he is still wanted by La Roja, he will continue to answer the call.

“There are always players coming and going after the World Cup,” AS reports the centre-back as saying.

“There will be new players, as has happened in the last few years. We’re in trouble for not doing our job.

“There’s time, slowly, to make each decision. It happens here and for every national team.

“Of course, I want to continue in the national team if they want me.”

Spain play their final game of the tournament against Australia on Monday, a dead rubber with nothing tangible riding on it bar avoiding the embarrassment of finishing bottom of the group.

“We are in the World Cup, we’re out but we have to score points so we’re not last,” Albiol continued.

“We represent a whole country. These are the last 90 minutes. Nothing more. We’ll go home unfortunately but it’s the World Cup, that is enough motivation.

“I wish we were playing for something, but we have the pride of winning a game at this World Cup. A good level should be given.

“Every game should be a dream, even a friendly in Vietnam. We’ve been a thousand places in Spain and always given a good performance.

“Imagine Monday against Australia. We have to go on holiday with a good feeling.

“It’s clear that the World Cup would have been a pleasure until the end. But we all came with the same quota of games, all carrying the same load. I don’t think [the season] affected the performance.”

Albiol was asked about reports of a spat between Cesc Fabregas and Coach Vicente Del Bosque and played down talk of any incident.

“I haven’t seen anything strange. He’s as annoyed as all of us, as all Spaniards,” he said.

“And no one wants anything to have happened. I haven’t seen anything strange.”

Albiol was also asked about France’s performances thus far, and responded with a terse answer.

“I don’t care what France do. We have had a very hard reception,” he said.

“Congratulations on their two games but nothing more. They don’t care what we do. Unfortunately our World Cup ends on Monday.”

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