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Barcelona's Marc Bartra knows he is entering a crucial phase of his career as he prepares to make his debut for the Spain national side.
– Barcelona defender Marc Bartra speaking to Marca
It is the biggest thing you can do as a footballer.
There are very good players (in the squad) but I have to be prepared to be ready at any time.
The most important thing when you get these dreams is to be consistent for much longer.
It's an important time for me with both Barcelona and Spain.
Spain will ditch their traditional blue shorts for the 2014 World Cup, where the reigning World and European Champions will be wearing an all-red strip.
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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has received his first call-up to the Spanish national team.
David De Gea has all the necessary attributes to become the world's best goalkeeper, according to his coach at Manchester United Chris Woods.
– Manchester United goalkeeping coach Chris Woods
David has got everything that you need to be the best and he has just got to keep doing what he is doing at the moment.
It is about achieving a level of consistency, which he is now doing but I don't want to tempt fate.
He has everything needed to be up there with the best.
Diego Costa has revealed he committed his international future to Spain over Brazil because he believes he owes his adopted home more.
– Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa
I hope people understand and respect my decision because it has been very difficult.
It was very difficult to choose between the country where you were born and the country that has given you everything.
I looked at everything and saw that it was right and best to play for Spain because this is where I have done everything. All that I have in my life was given to me by this country.
I have a special affection. Here I feel very appreciated for all that I do and I feel the love of the people.
Atletico Madrid's Brazil-born striker Diego Costa has officially committed his international future to Spain.
The 25-year-old, who has played two friendlies for Brazil, has switched allegiance to Vicente del Bosque's world champions and could make his debut in November's friendlies.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed he will pick Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, who has indicated his wish to change allegiance and represent Spain, for next month's friendly internationals.
Costa was granted Spanish nationality in July and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) last month asked FIFA for permission to register the player.
Alvaro Negredo is determined to make the most of any chance he gets with Spain as he looks to secure a regular starting spot in the world champions' attack.
Spain do not have a recognised first-choice striker at present with the likes of Negredo, Fernando Torres, David Villa, Fernando Llorente, Roberto Soldado and Michu all competing for the job.
The Manchester City man said at a press conference on Sunday: "It's very tough in the national team, there are a lot of good players, so when we go out on the pitch we give it everything, and sometimes things go well and sometimes they don't.
"As strikers we live for goals. In the last game against Belarus I was fortunate enough to get on the pitch and score the second, on other days things don't go so well. You need to take advantage of the minutes you get because the competition is tough."