Cesc gets the No 10 jersey


The midfield maestro was given the most important number in the team. The number 10 is traditionally given to the best or most creative players in a side and the Arsenal man will be hoping to pull all the strings for Luis Aragones’ side as they hunt for Euro glory in Austria and Switzerland.

Most players have kept their numbers but Fabregas and Villa will be wearing different digits below their names.

The midfielder thus will no longer wear the number 18 which he wore during World Cup 2006.

The Catalan midfielder wore the number 8 when he made his international debut two years ago but he will not be able to take it as now it belongs to Xavi.

Fabregas would have loved to wear his Arsenal number 4 for La Seleccion. but this will be given to Marchena with Ramos waiting to take it in future.

The other slight change with the former Barcelona player is that he will have ‘Fabregas’ printed as the name on the shirt rather than ‘Cesc’.

Meanwhile Spanish director of football Fernando Hierro believes his country are due for a major trophy, insisting Euro 2008 could be the one...

Spain has long been recognised as one of Europe’s football superpowers; yet for all their clubs’ success, Spain have yet to win a major international trophy, failing to match the exploits of France, Italy and Germany despite being eternally tipped to challenge for top honours.

But as the European Championship draws nigh, Hierro is adamant La Roja – who will face the Unites States and Peru in friendlies prior to the tournament – can break their duck in Austria and Switzerland next month.

“I am convinced that one day we will win and it could happen during this European Championship,” said the former Real Madrid defender.

Spain are pooled in Group D alongside Greece, Russia and Sweden; their first game is against Russia on June 10 at the Tivoli-Neu Stadion, Innsbruck.