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The 61-year-old had words of praise for the striker but still has not given any hint as to whether the veteran will make the national squad in Poland and Ukraine

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has said that he is not feeling pressure to include Schalke star Raul in his plans for the European Championships.

The 34-year-old striker, whose contract with the German club expires at the end of the term, has been in fantastic form in the 2011-12 season, with 17 goals to his name in all competitions.

He added two to his tally in Thursday's 4-2 defeat to Athletic Bilbao to strengthen suggestions that he should make Spain's squad for Euro 2012.

Last December, Del Bosque did not rule out the possibility of calling up Raul, who has not featured for Spain since 2006, and was once again non-committal when asked about the ex-Real Madrid star's chances of featuring in Poland and Ukraine.

"His displays do not put any pressure on me, they are a source of joy," Del Bosque told Europa Press.

"He represents Spanish football very well in Germany and he is playing at the same level as the great strikers in Europe."

Questioned about David Villa, who is in the final stages of his recovery from a fractured tibia, Del Bosque admitted that he feels 'forced to wait' to see if the 30-year-old will be match fit for the Euros before he chooses his squad for for this summer's showpiece event.

"He is Spain's striker with the biggest credentials," the 61-year-old explained.

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