Fabregas: I feel valued within the team

The former Arsenal midfielder is happy with the way things are going with Spain, and expects a difficult match versus France on Tuesday
Cesc Fabregas has stressed that he is enjoying life with Spain's national side, and feels valued among the reigning European champions.

The 25-year-old, made his 73rd international appearance for the Roja in their 4-0 World Cup qualifier win over Belarus on Friday, but he feels he could have played even more games had he not been plagued by injury.

"I'm actually a bit annoyed [with the number of international appearances], because if I hadn't been injured it could have been more. But I'm happy. I feel valued within the team," the Barcelona midfielder was quoted as saying by AS.

Fabregas then went on to discuss Spain's win over Belarus, and was quite pleased with their performance in Minsk.

"We had a good game. We're happy with the way we played. But I don't think it was a stroll. We are an attacking team and we know that what we have to do is play well and look for space and depth.

"We need to carry on doing that. We're going well, but we know we're playing our main rivals in the group [France] next and that they have a great team.

"We had a difficult time of it getting past them in the European quarter-finals. We need to follow our style of play to beat them."

Tuesday's encounter is scheduled to kick off at 21:00CET.