Spanish ace warns Irish
Spain's players have warned Northern Ireland that they will be no push-overs in Wednesday's clash
Last Updated: 18/11/07 5:27pm
Spain's players have warned Northern Ireland that they will be no push-overs when the two teams meet in their final Euro 2008 Group F qualifier in Las Palmas on Wednesday.
The Spanish have already qualified for next summer's Euro 2008 finals thanks to a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Sweden on Saturday.
Northern Ireland can themselves still qualify if they beat Spain in the Canary Islands on Wednesday and Latvia overcome Sweden away.
But the Spanish players have pledged to end their qualifying campaign on a high against Nigel Worthington's men.
Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta, who netted his side's second goal against Sweden at the Bernabeu, said following the game: "We want to play the same as this game in Las Palmas and give a victory to our fans.
"It will be a good time to try and play some good football with the objective of qualifying already obtained and the possibility of winning to finish first in the group.
"We have had some difficult situations because of some unwanted results (in qualifying), but nobody imagined a European Championship without Spain and we have taken this final step to get there."
Joan Capdevila, who also got on the scoresheet against Sweden, also pledged that Spain will be no push-overs.
The left-back told Spanish sports daily Marca: "We will fight for first place in the group."
And Spanish midfielder David Albelda, who made his 50th international appearance on Saturday, wants them to continue their 11-match unbeaten run.
Albelda said: "We are in our best moment, as much in attack as in defence.
"It will be important to continue in this vein of form and go into the European Championships with confidence high."