Spain are set to finalise their 23-man squad for the World Cup on Monday and, with the decision edging ever closer, Santi Cazorla has provided Vicente del Bosque with a timely reminder as to why he ought to be on the flight to Brazil.
The World Cup holders have something of an embarrassment of riches in midfield positions with Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, Juan Mata and others all vying for a coveted spot at this summer’s tournament, and Del Bosque has rather the proverbial selection headache.
Cazorla will be optimistic Del Bosque will include him in the final selection and, as he was able to prove on the training pitch on Thursday, the Arsenal star’s ability from set-pieces could prove to be a key reason for his spot on the team.
The 29-year-old fired a spectacular free-kick during a practice session, as can he seen in the video above, with Cazorla able to find the top corner despite a full-stretched dive from Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.
It was a goal not too dissimilar to the one Cazorla scored for Arsenal during the FA Cup final at Wembley - the first of three for the Gunners as the battled back from 2-0 down to secure victory against Hull City. And what makes it even more impressive is that Cazorla’s right foot is supposedly his weaker side.