David Silva says he is now well-equipped to step up and become a key player for the Spain national team.
More often than not, the Manchester City playmaker is seen as a bit-part player for La Furia Roja despite more than 100 appearances, but suggests he is fully prepared to take on more responsibility.
"It's not the first time that people have said I should be more of a leader within the side," Silva told reporters ahead of Monday night's opening World Cup qualifier against Lichtenstein.
"I feel really comfortable taking on those responsibilities when I have to. Every day with the national team is a pleasure.
"I've made 104 appearances and I hope there are many more to come."
Silva also feels much more comfortable helping out in defence under new manager Julen Lopetegui.
"Now, I am expected to lend a lot more in helping out to defend and I am also closer to the ball when the team breaks," he added.
"It's different to what I was doing before but I like it."