Reina: Spain will be respected forever

The goalkeeper has hit back at critics following their World Cup exit, by pointing to their incredible success in recent years
Pepe Reina says Spain will be respected forever, despite their embarrassing exit from the World Cup this year.

The reigning champions lost their opening game 5-1 to Netherlands before being eliminated in a 2-0 loss against Chile, with Australia - who are also out - their final game of Group B.

The goalkeeper, who Vicente Del Bosque revealed on Sunday will start against Australia, insists that the bond in the camp has not been lessened by the losses and expects Spain to remain formidable opposition despite losing their world champions tag.

"The camaraderie in the Spain squad is very good as always," Reina told reporters on Sunday. "And as every point there has no been nothing wrong with us.

"We can't change anything, when you play you have to have the intention of winning. I would like to finish this World Cup with a victory and do things well - when someone wears this shirt, they wear it to win.

"Just because Spain are out does not mean rivals will not be afraid of us, if we are out of the World Cup it is because two teams were better than us, the pinch of luck that we've had other times was not with us now.

"Spain will be respected forever, we have a philosophy and will stay strong. People don't think we are very good right now, we have to improve for sure."

Reina, who is now 31, has no plans to cut short his international career once the World Cup is over, but hopes the new faces that replace those that do leave the team are welcomed with open arms.

"I don't know if this is going to be my last match, that depends on the coach but I don't intend on retiring for Spain," he added.

"Some people will leave the team, that is normal, the important thing is that the ones who arrive feel comfortable."