Cazorla driven for Brazil spot
Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla admitted a missed shot at glory at the 2010 World Cup is driving him towards a spot in the Spain squad for Brazil next year.
Cazorla missed Spain becoming world champions in South Africa due to injury and the 28-year-old said that missed moment still haunted him.
“World Cup 2014 has an extra meaning for me,” he told Arsenal Player. “Unfortunately I couldn't play in 2010 due to a back injury.
“Spain ended up lifting the trophy and not being part of that is still at the back of my mind.
“There's nothing like playing in the World Cup and representing your country.
“I hope I can experience that and I hope the Spanish national team can bring a bit of happiness to the country.
“Spain is going through a difficult period (economically) and football is way of escape for many Spaniards. I hope we can bring home the trophy.”
And despite next year’s tournament still around six months away, Cazorla admitted Brazil was all the talk around Arsenal’s training ground.
“Everyone is thinking about the World Cup,” Cazorla added.
“Arsenal's Belgian or German players are already thinking about it because they have already collected their tickets to the tournament.
“The World Cup is a competition held every four years and you don't always qualify for it. I hope to be part of it because this might be my only chance to play in a World Cup.”
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.