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Reports from England claim Cesc Fabregas will be in Spain’s starting XI for the EURO 2008 final against Germany…

According to The Sun, Luis Aragones will give Fabregas his first start of the tournament in Vienna on Sunday as La Furia Roja seek to claim their first major title since 1964.

The Arsenal midfielder has been hugely impressive whenever given a run-out in Austria and Switzerland this month, despite being asked to fill a more advanced role than he is accustomed to.

The 21-year-old came on after half an hour against Russia in the semi-finals to replace David Villa, the competition’s top-scorer, who will now miss the final through injury.

Fabregas put in a man-of-the-match performance playing the hole behind Fernando Torres, directly assisting two of Spain’s three unanswered goals.

And the former Barcelona youth is hoping to replicate exactly that quality of output at the Ernst Happel Stadion this weekend.

“I want to bring positive things to the team,” Fabregas said. “The confidence has always been there.

“We know Germany are a very competitive team, one of those national teams that we will have to give our all to beat. We are all together tight as a fist, a very strong fist. I won’t get tired of saying that. We are a team that has a great unity on and off the pitch.

“Of course we haven’t achieved our objective yet. We don’t draw the line here, we want to go home with the cup. We have 90 or 120 minutes left or 125 minutes with penalties, whatever it takes to go home with the trophy.”

Mike Maguire

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