Martinez delighted to form part of Spain squad

10:18, May 26, 2010      

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Midfielder Javi Martinez on Tuesday showed his joy of forming part of the Spain squad to take part in the World Cup finals.

The 21-year-old Athletic Club Bilbao player was one of the surprises in Vicente del Bosque's squad, recieivng the call up ahead of veteran Marcos Senna.

The former Under-21 captain admitted he had not expected to be selected and had only found out when he was watching the announcement on television in Mallorca, where he had been taking part in a testimonial game for clubmate Joseba Etxeberria.

"It was a real joy, we all started to jump around for joy, it was very emotional and some of my companions even started to cry," he said in Tuesday' s press conference in the Spanish Federation's training facility at Las Rozas, just outside of Madrid.

"My call up is an incentive for the other players in the Under-21, because they know that at any moment they could also get a call up," he commented.

Nevertheless, Martinez, who scored six goals for his club from midfield this season, admitted it was intimidating to share a squad with players such as Fernando Torres, Xavi Hernandez and Iker Casillas.

"It does make an impression, they are the best there are and being able to make my debut in a World Cup is the best thing that could happen," he added.



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