Silva talks up Spain challenge

The Manchester City midfielder says he and his team-mates are ready to try and retain the World Cup in Brazil, while discussing his preferred role within the team

David Silva has talked up Spain's bid to become the first side to retain the World Cup after hailing their preparations for the tournament.

Vicente Del Bosque will attempt to lead his team to a second consecutive triumph in the competition this summer – in what would be a fourth major title on the bounce.

Despite the tough task on their hands, the Manchester City midfielder, 28, believes Spain are more than ready for the test ahead.

“We know the environment that awaits us. Now we have a base here and that's great for us. We are ready,” Silva was quoted as saying in Marca.

Spain will play the Netherlands in their Group B opener on June 13, in a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final.

Silva was a fringe player in la Roja’s World Cup winning side of 2010 but hopes he will get the chance to play a bigger part in the team's campaign this summer - starting with Louis van Gaal’s side in Salvador.

"The first game is crucial and if we win it, it’s an important game,” Silva said.

"I feel more comfortable behind the front line. I am very good in that position. I attempt to adapt.

“We have very good strikers and we hope to score a lot of goals.”