David Villa has said Spain will not miss him at Euro 2012 because the team is full of players who can score goals.
Barcelona forward Villa, 30, will miss Spain’s attempt to defend their title after suffering a fractured tibia during the Club World Cup in December.
He ruled himself out of Vicente del Bosque’s squad, explaining: “I told him that I was not at a level good enough to compete, that I was not in the shape for the national team and that I would not be at my best. I was true to myself, Barcelona and Spain.”
Del Bosque said Villa’s absence was a setback for his country’s hopes, but the Barcelona player said: “One is always happy that people regret their absence, but Spain will not miss me.
“There are great goal-poachers on the team and any player can score. I have a great affection for Fernando Torres, and I think he is in great form after what he undeservedly went through."
Villa visited his international colleagues at their training camp on Thursday. He said Spain had “won the right to be called favourites after four years filled with success”, but warned: “When the tournament starts, every team will have the same chances.”