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Santi Cazorla: Playing for Spain is a privilege

Santi Cazorla: Playing for Spain is a privilege

Gail Oskin

The Villarreal attacking midfielder was his country's best player in the convincing 4-0 friendly win over the United States, as he made the most of a starting spot with two goals

Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla underlined just what an honour it is for him to be able to turn out for his country. The Villarreal captain was speaking after his double strike in Spain's convincing 4-0 win over the United States in a friendly international.

Cazorla, who was handed a rare starting spot in midfield, scored twice in the first-half, being set up on both occasions by Manchester City's David Silva.

"When I play with Spain I give everything. It is a privilege to play for Spain and in this shirt.  We showed that the group is still very much together," he told AS after the game.

Cazorla dedicated his brace to his son and remarked that despite the commanding nature of the victory, it was not always plain sailing due to the sub-standard nature of the playing surface.

"All my goals are for him [my son]," he enthused. "As for the pitch, it was a little dry and patchy but we overcame that. [Borja] made his debut and got an assist. We are all very happy for him."

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