Reyes eyes Spain start
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Antonio Reyes believes he has vindicated his Spain recall.
Jose Antonio Reyes believes he has vindicated the decision of Spain coach Luis Aragones to recall him to the national squad after a starring performance against Belgium.
The Arsenal forward made a dramatic impact as a second half substitute in Spain's 2-0 win in Brussels - supplying Fernando Torres with both goals within five minutes of his introduction.
Reyes is now hoping to be given the nod from the start in the second leg of Spain's World Cup qualifying double-header against San Marino on Wednesday.
"I have no idea if I will start against San Marino but I am confident and ready to play," said Reyes.
"It is a decision for the coach but if it was down to me then of course I would play."
After his impressive performance on Saturday, Reyes is hoping to dislodge Valencia's Vicente in a left-sided midfield spot.
"I felt comfortable," added the former Sevilla player. "Things went well and I enjoyed it.
"I was not going out there to try and prove a point, I only wanted to play well to let the coach know that I am playing well.
"The trainer has not chosen me in recent games but I always knew that if I was playing well for my club then I might be called back."
Three points against San Marino would ensure Spain a place in the play-offs.
However, Aragones will have one eye on Serbia & Montenegro's match with Bosnia-Herzegovina as Spain hope to overthrow the Group Seven leaders and earn automatic qualification for next summer's finals.