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Mon Apr 21 16:55:01 SAST 2014

Fabregas feeling valued

TEAMtalk Media | 14 October, 2012 12:070 Comments
Spain's Cesc Fabregas reacts during their international friendly against Saudi Arabia in Pontevedra September 7, 2012
Image by: Felix Ordonez / REUTERS

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas says that he believes that his contribution to the Spanish national team is a valued one.

The former Arsenal playmaker is not always a first choice in the La Roja starting XI, but earned his 73rd cap in a 4-0 World Cup qualifier win over Belarus on Friday.

The 25-year-old says he is happy with his showings for the national team, and feels that he is an important member of the squad.

"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 was content with the performance away to Belarus, but warns that against France on Tuesday, a tougher challenge will be presented.

"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."

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