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Iniesta in action against Holland

Andrés Iniesta has played 99 games for Spain. Today will be game 100 / PHOTO: @SeFutbol

Unless there are any late surprises, Andrés Iniesta will win his 100th cap for Spain today. National team manager Vicente del Bosque confirmed at his pre-match press conference that, although the team are only playing for honour and he is likely to give chances to the players that were left out of the first two games, the FC Barcelona midfielder will be in his starting eleven against Australia, “so that he can win his 100th cap”.

He’d be only the ninth man ever to make it to a century of games for Spain. He made his debut eight years ago under Luis Aragonés for a friendly against Russia in his home town of Albacete. His first official match came in the 2006 World Cup in Germany against Saudi Arabia.

Iniesta has lived through the most glorious period ever for the Spanish national team. The country won both Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria and Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland, and in the latter he was also named player of the tournament. But his greatest moment came at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. With just four minutes of extra time left in the final against Holland, Iniesta scored the winner to make Spain world champions for the first time ever.

Most capped Spanish internationals

Iker Casillas: 156
Xavi: 133
S. Ramos:119
X. Alonso: 113
Torres: 109
Zubizarreta: 126
Raúl: 102
Puyol: 100
Iniesta: 99

* Not including today's Spain v Australia


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