The Spain skipper wants to prove his worth in the Confederations Cup after spending the last few months of the season frozen out at Real MadridSpain captain Iker Casillas says he is determined to repay Vicente del Bosque's faith in him during the Confederations Cup after spending the last four months on the Real Madrid bench.
The 32-year-old sustained a hand injury in January and the form of emergency replacement Diego Lopez kept him out of the first team for the rest of 2012-13.
However, he has retained his place in the national team and wants to show that the veteran coach's decision was a sound one.
"I’ve gone four and a half months without playing and got used to being on the bench for my team," he is quoted as saying by AS.
"When Del Bosque announced the squad list on 4 June I was delighted and was determined to take advantage of the opportunity.
"I've gone into this Confederations Cup in a different way to every other tournament I've played in. Before I arrived as the number one for my club and country and that’s not the case this time around.
"I understand that because I have gone so long without playing no-one knows how competitive I’ll be.
"I was a bit nervous during the Ireland game because I’d gone so long without playing but I felt good and comfortable in the end, and got the taste for playing again.
"I feel the same as when I first played for Spain 13 years ago. I have the same excitement of that first day and the same pride for playing for Spain."