Juanfran: Del Bosque can count on me at Euro 2012

The Atletico Madrid man is keen to prove he is worthy of his place in the Roja squad in Poland and Ukraine, but is nonetheless excited on the eve of his first major tournament
Spain defender Juanfran has spoken of his excitement at the prospect of playing in his debut European Championship this month.

The Atletico Madrid right-back only made his international debut for the world and European champions two weeks ago, but was called up as part of the 23-man squad that travelled to Poland and Ukraine.

Now, Juanfran, who enjoyed a stellar campaign with Los Colcherones, winning the Europa League and finishing La Liga strongly, hopes he has done enough to stake a claim in the side that faces Italy on Sunday.

"[I'm] feeling very good, very excited. It is a new experience.It's my first European Championship, and what I want most is to be important to the team," the 27-year-old told Marca.

"I'm training hard for the coach to see me as a player you can count on at any moment. I am ready and willing to [give] 100 per cent.

"I have that faith and that illusion. If I'm here, it's because he [Vicente del Bosque] trusts me. I know, and he also knows, that he can pull me [out] at any time. I expect a lot of the Euros."