Spain have one of the best squads in world football and will be one of the top favourites to win the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
The reigning European and world champions have quality in each and every department, and there is an intense competition for places. And Manchester City winger Jesus Navas has fallen victim to that.
The 28-year-old has been part of the Spain team since 2009, and won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championships two year later. The winger’s impressive form for Sevilla in 2012-13 saw him earn the lucrative move to City last summer.
Navas endured a mixed time at the Citizens during their Premier League-winning campaign of 2013-14. He did impress when he was fit and on form, but injuries curtailed his progress in England and also saw his playing time reduced.
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Spain coach Vicente del Bosque himself admitted that it was a tough decision for him to exclude Navas from his final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil.
‘My heart sinks’, ESPN quotes him as saying. ‘He's a guy who's spent two months without playing. He's almost perfect, but it has been two months without playing’.
Navas has now conceded his own frustrations at missing out on a place in the Spain squad, but has wished his teammates the best of luck. The 28-year-old posted his comments on social networking site Twitter.
‘I am proud to have recovered in time and to have fought to go to Brazil', he wrote. ‘I wish my teammates and the coach the best of luck to win the title again’.
Estoy orgulloso de recuperarme a tiempo y de haber peleado por llegar a Brasil— Jesús Navas (@JNavas) May 31, 2014
Le deseo a mis compañeros y al míster toda la buena suerte para repetir título— Jesús Navas (@JNavas) May 31, 2014
Navas is not a regular starter for Spain, but the City player is someone who has always done his best when called up by Del Bosque. A tricky winger with pace and skills, Navas would have been a good addition to La Roja’s squad for the gala tournament in Brazil.
However, Spain have enough number of great players and are a formidable side without Navas. Perhaps, the winger will come back a stronger player because of this disappointment.