Andres Iniesta thinks Spain will win Euro 2016

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Spain captain Andres Iniesta has predicted that his side will win their third consecutive European Championship in France this summer.

La Roja are looking to bounce back from their disappointing World Cup campaign where they crashed out of their group after losing 5-1 to Netherlands and 2-0 to Chile.

But they will hope to continue their impressive European Championship record having won the tournament in 2008 - in Austria and Switzerland - and in 2012 - in Poland and Ukraine.


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Spain didn’t lose a match in those two tournaments and Iniesta, who is their seventh most capped player of all time - playing 107 times, hopes that they can make it three-in-row in France.

“We’re looking forward to having a good European Championship and getting close to that objective," he told

“I think we’ve got the squad to do it. Like everything else in life, the national team has been through changes. We’re looking to play a positive game and get the fans right behind us again.”

Spain have a fairly tricky group to navigate, facing Croatia, Czech Republic and Turkey - although their task will be made easier with the fact that four third-placed teams will advance to the knockout rounds.

Barcelona captaincy

Iniesta also spoke about domestic football as he hopes to lead his Barcelona side to glory before competing in France for the European Championships.

He was handed the captain’s armband from fellow Spaniard Xavi, who left the Nou Camp to play in Qatar last summer.

Iniesta is currently playing his 14th season for the Catalan club and, although he admits a few things have changed since being skipper, says it’s a great honour for him.

“Some of my responsibilities have changed, things to do with the team and stuff on the outside, but I’ve not changed,” he said.

“It’s a wonderful responsibility to have. I’ve spent virtually my whole life at Barca and it’s great to be first-team captain.”

Trophies, trophies, trophies

Iniesta is no stranger to glory. In fact, he recently became the most decorated Spanish player in history after Luis Enrique’s side won the Champions League, La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup last season.

He’s lifted 26 trophies for his club whilst winning one World Cup and two European Championships for Spain.

The midfielder admits that he’s pleased with the title of the most successful Spanish player ever but wants to continue to win even more trophies.

“It’s a very nice statistic. It’s very special and it helps me keep my confidence up and to keep on trying to ensure I can add to that total and the team can too, which is the most important thing,” he added.

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