Spain’s Saul ready to move on from World Cup disappointment

Spanish midfielder Saúl Niguez spent a lot of time thinking about his absence of playing time in the World Cup, but he's ready to move on.

Saul made only three appearances during qualifying for the Red World Cup and watched the four games of his turbulent campaign in Russia, which ended with a last-minute penalty defeat against the hosts from the bench.

However, the 23-year-old Atletico de Madrid star received an initial place in the first place of Luis Enrique match since he was appointed coach and scored as Spain beat England 2-1 in the Liga de las Nations in Wembley.

He has also been left out of the team for Euro 2016, Saul is willing to do everything possible to help the national team move forward.

"This is not the time to talk about the past, I thought a lot about it in the summer, but I do not think we should keep talking because it does not matter," he told a news conference. A clash with Croatia in his hometown of Elche on Tuesday.

"I had an unforgettable experience, I contributed what I had to contribute, I was out of the team at the European Championship and I realized many things: if I do my team well, things will come.

" I do not know if I am essential for the national team. I feel important in Atlético. Everything I do is for the good of my team, no matter what is important in the national team. "

A new era has begun in the midfield, as well as the dugout of Spain, with the victory over England their first match since the international retirement of Andrés Iniesta.

Saúl acknowledged that it will be difficult for the current crop to emulate the achievements of Spain with the masters of Barcelona Iniesta and Xavi in ​​the midfield, having won successive European Championships on both sides of the 2010 World Cup

"Xavi and Iniesta are the history of our national team, they made us the best in the world," said Saúl.

"Now comes a different midfielder, but the philosophy they represented with Luis Aragonés was the beginning of A new age. [19659002] "It will be difficult to repeat what they did, but we will try to win some titles".

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