Carvajal: Spain want to rule the world

Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal, who missed the 2016 European Championships through injury, believes that the Spanish national side have the ability to rule the world once again.

Speaking ahead of Julen Lopetegui's first match in charge of La Roja this evening, the 24-year-old is confident the future is bright.

"We have a very good base and a really strong group of players, as good as any other nation," explained Carvajal.

"We must rediscover the form and hunger that recently allowed our team to conquer the world.

"We know that we have the ability to do so, we just need that little spark to help us."

The right back, a fixture in the current Los Blancos lineup when available, did however warn against complacency in a tough qualification group for the 2018 World Cup.

"Italy are obviously a very dangerous opponent, even if we see it as a chance for revenge for our exit in the summer," he continued.

"However, you also see the strengths of Albania in the summer and Israel are another tough team to play against – for these sides you play long away trips and it's not easy to get results in those fixtures."

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