Alba anxious to learn
Jordi Alba admits his first call-up to the Spanish national team has come as a "big surprise" but he is determined to learn all he can from his time in the exalted company of the world and European champions.
The reigning European champions, who have already qualified for next year's finals after winning each of their opening six Group I games, face second-placed Czech Republic in Prague on Friday before hosting third-placed Scotland in Alicante on Tuesday.
Alba will harbour hopes of seeing some action in at least one of those matches, having already served his apprenticeship with caps at U-19, U-20 and U-21 levels.
"For any player, his dream is to go with the senior team," Alba told a press conference this afternoon. "It was a big surprise and I am delighted to be here with all my mates.
"There are many players who can play in my position and I will try to take this opportunity, try to learn as much as possible. Right now I want to enjoy this experience. Hopefully someday I can play a European Championship but right now I want only this."
Alba was keen to praise the influence of Valencia coach Unai Emery, who has overseen his rise through the ranks at the Mestalla, having begun his professional career with Valencia's B team in 2007.
Emery was instrumental in converting Alba from an attack-minded winger to his current defensive role, and Alba said: "Unai Emery was a key man for me to occupying that position. He has continued to give me confidence and I thank him."