Cesc Fabregas is positive his former team Spain has drawn parallels between them and the winning squad in 2008.
Fabregas was part of the squads that won three major trophies for La Roja; the European Championships titles in 2008 and 2012, alongside the 2010 World Cup. Many believe the current team is not in the same class as their successful ever side, while boss Luis Enrique’s selection process has not been without controversy.
"We should be here to support them. I don’t like it when we are complaining before the tournament starts about the squad," Fabregas said.
"I had it in 2008 when I was 21, I think. There was Silva and Iniesta coming through, and everyone was doubting us a bit because Raul, [Michel] Salgado, [Santiago] Canizares, and [David] Albelda weren't called up.
"All those players were cast aside to make space for us young players. We ended up winning the tournament and I don’t think I need to repeat what happened after. It is about giving opportunities and that's what Luis Enrique has done."
For the first time ever, no Real Madrid players have been selected for the international team for a major tournament - with the nation’s most capped player Sergio Ramos among those overlooked.
"It will not be easy for Spain, but no competition at the top, top-level is simple. They just have to compete. It is a young team but they have proven that they can play well in qualification."
"Luis Enrique was a player and is a coach with a lot of personalities, good ideas and he will not want to make things difficult for himself. He wants to do his best and we need to support him and go along with it.
"We will be behind the team and I hope we can do well."
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