Liverpool’s Reina: I’m always prepared to play for Spain

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina says he always prepares himself for game time for the Spanish national team despite spending a lot of it on the bench.

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina says he always prepares himself for game time for the Spanish national team despite spending a lot of it on the bench.

The Reds number one often plays deputy to Spain captain Iker Casillas when La Roja get together but insists he is full of excitement and ready to go whenever called up to the national team, especially ahead of World Cup qualifiers with Finland and France beginning on Friday.

"Everything indicates that I will play, but I won't change my attitude because (the injured) Iker isn't here," he told El Mundo.

"I'm always excited and prepared.

"Not everybody that is called up is lucky enough to play. Only 11 play, but being called up by your country is an honour."

He added: "Diego [Lopez] is playing so well; he has been decisive in many games and he is a Real Madrid-quality goalkeeper, without doubt.

"But in the national team it is the manager that makes the decisions."

 
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