Roberto Soldado has admitted his "immense" delight at being involved in the Spain international setup once again.
The Valencia striker was overlooked for La Roja's Euro 2012 squad in favor of Fernando Llorente, Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Torres. But the 27-year-old hopes his "lucky" inclusion in the squad will help propel him to greater things for the world and European champions.
"I was lucky to be in the last squad call-up and in Georgia I left things well," he told Marca. "I was brought into the squad to score goals and had some luck. I'm back in the team and hopefully things can keep going well."
Soldado scored a late winner in Spain's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Georgia in September and he explained his jubilation at his fourth international goal for his country.
"[I felt] the most [happiness] that can be felt on a pitch. The joy was immense," the attacker said. "There have been games where I felt uncomfortable in the field, but none as much so as against Georgia.
"There was no way to find holes [in their defense], but eventually Cesc Fabregas was able to see a weakness and he gave me the pass to score."
The former Real Madrid forward was overlooked by Vincente Del Bosque in his lineup against Belarus on Friday night as Spain charged to a 4-0 victory thanks to a Pedro hat-trick.
Prior to the match, Soldado denied any conflict with the coach, adding: "[Any fall-out] is totally false. I've never had any problems with the coach. The relationship has always been good."
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