Silva sets sights on successful European title defence after warm-up win over China

The Manchester City slotted home a cut-back from star of the show Andres Iniesta to ensure that Vicente del Bosque's men will leave for Euro 2012 in high spirits
 SPAIN 8 24
8 13

Spain's David Silva immediately turned his attention to a successful European Championship title defence after netting the only goal of the game in their final warm-up clash, against China on Sunday night.

Vicente del Bosque's men were in very real danger of being held to a surprise scoreless draw in Seville but the Manchester City attacker popped up with the winner with just six minutes remaining, slotting home from close range after being teed up by Andres Iniesta.

Silva conceded that Spain had not been at their best during the opening 45 minutes but he argued that they were ultimately good value for the win.

"They [China] set themselves up well in the first half," the former Valencia man told reporters just after the full-time whistle. "But we could have scored more goals in the second half.

"Our intention now is to defend our title."

As for his goal, Silva acknowledged that he had been left with very little to do after a terrific surge down the right wing from Iniesta, who lit up the game after coming on in the second half.

"Andres has made it very easy for me and I only had to push it past the goalkeeper," the 26-year-old confessed.

Spain kick off their Euro 2012 campaign against Italy on June 10, before then taking on Republic of Ireland and Croatia.

Who do you think should be International's World Player of the Week this week? Leave your nomination in the comments section of THIS article between 10.00 every Sunday and 11.00CET every Monday. We will include some of the best suggestions in our winners piece.