Considered somewhat of a surprise omission from the starting eleven for Spain last Friday, as they laboured to secure a narrow 1-0 victory against Ukraine, taking three important points from the EURO 2016 qualifier, Cesc Fabregas remained on the bench.
Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque started with a central midfield trio of Sergio Busquets, Koke and Andres Iniesta, who was replaced in the second-half by Santi Cazorla, whilst David Silva and Isco played out wide on either flank.
In an interview with Marca, ahead of Tuesday's match in Amsterdam against the Netherlands, asked if he felt disappointed at not having featured in Spain's last encounter, Fabregas underlined his determination and hunger by responding:
"I always want to play. When the manager names the team, I always think I should be in there. When I'm not, I think I can come on as a substitute and when that doesn't happen, well, I just want the next training session to come quickly, so I can prove I should be in the team."
With 94 caps already for Spain and keen to reach the milestone 100th, there have been suggestions that other players are now better positioned than Fabregas to contribute to their future plans. He disagrees with that notion, however.
"I don't think I've lost my place in the starting eleven, because I don't consider myself to have ever been untouchable. What matters most is adding something to the team and if I play, fine, and if someone else goes out there instead, I'm sure they'll do well. Of that I have no doubts and I'll always back my team-mates."
He also pointed out: "Every player wants to have continuity in the team, and that's the same for me, but if the manager chooses someone else, it's because he thinks they're a better option. Whatever the case though, the team always comes before individuals."
Fabregas has been pretty much untouchable in the eyes of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho though, for which the 27-year-old is appreciative. Asked if he feels he made the right choice returning to the Premier League last summer, his response showed no signs of doubt.
"I'm really happy and content. I'm going through a time in my life where I'm enjoying everything I do. I'm playing practically every minute for my team and that makes me happy. Being important is fundamental."
Although understandably disappointed at Chelsea's early departure from the Champions League, Fabregas concluded: "Now we have to fight hard for the Premier League, so this will be a great year for the team."