Rather than be beaten by the frustration of seeing his international career limited by the established competition, the former Barcelona and Spain youth team player takes great pride in his country's achievements.
"Any time you go with the national team you want to win, and every time you play England it is a special game," said Reina, who played one match in Spain's triumph at Euro 2008 but did not get on the field for the World Cup in South Africa two years later.
"The international team has 23 very important players for our clubs but only 11 can start.
"So we have to take that role when it comes along if you are lucky enough to be there.
"In my particular case it has been an absolute pleasure. We are the champions of Europe and the world.
"To be world champions with my national team is a dream come true and the target of any footballer."