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Manchester City playmaker David Silva hopes to be included in Spain’s World Cup squad but does not think his place is assured just yet.
Silva was a member of the Spain squad that won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012, but he insists he still has to fight for a spot in Vicente del Bosque’s 23-man squad for this summer’s tournament in Brazil.
The 28-year-old featured in Spain’s 1-0 win over Italy on Wednesday and played a part in the only goal of the game after his link-up play with Andres Iniesta resulted in Pedro’s strike.
Iniesta and Silva are fairly similar players who both like to play in the same areas of the pitch, but the former Valencia man claims he has a good partnership with the Barcelona star.
“I understand [Iniesta],” Silva said. “He is a great player and I really enjoy it when we combine.”
Silva hopes he can impress for City between now and the end of the season in order to cement a place in Del Bosque’s plans.
Silva’s club side are still involved in the battle for the Premier League title, the FA Cup and the Champions League – although they trail Iniesta’s Barcelona 2-0 after first-leg defeat in their last-16 tie.
“In these two months I hope to play a lot,” he added. “You have to be 100% fit to play at the World Cup and I hope to have a good tournament.
“Hopefully we can continue at a high level and in the right direction. It will take a lot of sacrifice to get into the final squad.”
Spain are 8.00 to win the World Cup this summer, Italy can be backed at 28.00 and host nation Brazil are 3.80 to take the top prize.