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This Thursday lunchtime, UEFA honoured Andoni Zubizarreta, Iker Casillas, Raúl González and Xavi Hernández, the only four players to have broken the 100 caps mark for Spain.  With Raul unable to attend, Zubizarreta, Casillas and Xavi received their honorary caps.

Remembering other players

On receiving his award, Zubi paid tribute to a number of players who didn't quite make the 100 mark: "I'd like to thank UEFA and I will cheris this cap. I'd like to just remember the many who should also have won this cap – such as Iribar, Arkonada, Hierro or Camacho. They deserved to be honoured – as do all the players who have worn the Spanish shirt – even if only once".

Xavi, "happy as a child"

Xavi revealed that he is enjoying a golden moment with the national team: "I've had plenty of good times, but what we have experienced over the last few seasons with this generation of footballers after so many years when we weren't so well appreciated, is just the best. I'm as a happy as a little kid." Xavi then posed for a photo with Vicente del Bosque and ex-Spain boss Luis Aragonés at the Ciutat Esportiva in Las Rozas.