Spain are the rightful World Champions, and it’s not too often that a country is both the reigning European Champions And World Champions at the same time.
Jose Enrique – can he get Spanish cap?
Of course France did that in 2000, when they won the European Championships having already been crowned as World Champions by beating Brazil in the 1998 final in France.
Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Seeing Spain win the World Cup is certainly something that any player in that country would want to aspire to.” “Jose had a very good season with us last season.”
“And he’ll be looking for more of the same.” “That’s the same with all of our players.” “But for Jose, he knows that Spain are the best team in the world.”
“He will look at the players in his position and will want to get to that level. I think that’s a normal thing for any top player.”
“The current set of Spanish players have certainly set the bar after winning the World Cup and, of course, the European Championships before that.”
“They’ve dominated in the last few years.” “But it’s certainly an exciting challenge because there are plenty of very good players who didn’t go to the World Cup.”
The man at left back for Spain during the World Cup was Villareal’s Joan Capdevila, and he was OK for the Spaniards, but nothing spectacular.
Joan has 52 caps for Spain with 4 goals, and cannot have too long left in Spain’s colors, given his age, so it will be an excellent opportunity for Jose to push for a starting place next season.
A good season back in the Premier League for Jose will be a good start, because there will be ample publicity back in Spain, if he does well for Newcastle next season, and especially if Newcastle surprise a lot of people by doing better than expected.
That’s what we are hoping of course, but we all know that Jose is one of the best players at Newcastle right now, and was monumental for the club last season.