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Spain legend David Villa says he’s determined to go to this summer’s World Cup 

The 36-year-old wants to be part of Julen Lopetegui's squad this summer

Remember David Villa?

The legendary Spain striker was one of the most devastating strikers in the world a few years back.

And he’s still going, currently turning out for MLS side New York City FC.

Brilliant as ever

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Brilliant as ever

And yes, he’s still running rings ’round defenders, having notched five goals in his last five appearances of 2017, despite NYCFC failing to reach the final of the MLS Cup.


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And even though he’s the grand old age of 36, Villa says he still has his eye on Spain’s World Cup squad this summer – especially after being recalled into the team back in August.

Villa was on fire at the end of 2017

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Villa was on fire at the end of 2017

Spain manager Julen Lopetegui called Villa up for their qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Italy, but injury restricted him to just a single minute of action over the two games.

Prior to this, Villa had not been selected since the 2014 World Cup.

He remains Spain’s all-time top goalscorer

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He remains Spain’s all-time top goalscorer

Speaking to Efe, Villa said: “I know that Lopetegui is watching me and that I’m one of the attacking candidates.

“In the end, he will decide which players are best and I’d be delighted to be part of the squad.

“What I will do is play well and train hard at the highest level to get the best out of myself.”

There’s plenty of attacking options available to Spain

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There’s plenty of attacking options available to Spain

Recalling his brief spell back in the international limelight and his subsequent injury, Villa said: “Injuries always seem to come at a bad time but it was even more so in that case.


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“The reaction of people was very nice though.

“It was a nice experience, even though it ended badly with the injury.”

Diego Costa and Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata are thought to be ahead of Villa in the pecking order

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Diego Costa and Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata are thought to be ahead of Villa in the pecking order

The former Valencia and Barcelona forward has made 98 appearances for his country (so far), netting 59 times – making him Spain’s all-time top goalscorer.

And five of those goals came in Spain’s triumphant World Cup campaign in 2010.

But eight years on, does he still have what it takes?


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