Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta is adamant that Spain “have got the squad” to bounce back from a dismal World Cup in Brazil and win Euro 2016 in France this summer.
La Roja go to the tournament as reigning champions having followed up their 2008 success by retaining the trophy with a comprehensive 4-0 win against Italy in the final of Euro 2012 which was hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
Spain were also World Cup holders at the time of their European Championship success four years ago, but their defence of that crown went badly in 2014 when they were eliminated in the group stages after a crushing 5-1 defeat against the Netherlands and a 2-0 reverse at the hands of Chile.
Vicente Del Bosque’s side have since bounced back and won their qualifying group with nine wins from their 10 matches.
They will go up against Croatia, Czech Republic and Turkey in Group D in France and Iniesta feels the side have now recovered from their disappointment in Brazil and will be a force to be reckoned with.
“We’re looking forward to having a good European Championship and getting close to that objective,” the 31-year-old midfielder said.
“I think we’ve got the squad to do it. Like everything else in life, the national team has been through changes. We’re looking to play a positive game and get the fans right behind us again.”
Spain are 1.57 to win Group D and 1.06 to qualify for the knockout stages at Euro 2016, while they can be backed at 6.00 to win the tournament outright.