Saul Niguez: It’s time to move on from my World Cup disappointment

Spain midfielder Saul Niguez is ready to move on from his disappointing World Cup campaign at Russia

The Atletico Madrid star did not play a single minute under interim coach Fernando Hierro as Spain went crashing out at the last-16 stage to hosts Russia on penalties.

Speaking after scoring in Spain’s 2-1 win over England at Wembley, Saul confessed that not featuring at all for La Roja had troubled him.

“It is not the time to talk about the past,” said Saul, according to Marca.

“I thought about it a lot in the summer, but I don’t think we need to talk about that anymore because it doesn’t matter.

“I lived an unforgettable experience and I contributed what I could.

“In the European Championship I was left out and I realised that if I do well in my team then things will come.”

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Next up for Spain will be World Cup finalists Croatia and Saul expects a big challenge from their star midfield duo.

“We all know [Ivan] Rakitic and [Luka] Modric,” he said.

“They have a great midfield and they will be a difficult opponent to beat.”

Saul was quick to downplay the significance of his role under new head coach Luis Enrique.

“I’m not fundamental for the national team, but I feel important at Atletico.

“Everything I do is for the good of the team.

“The national team does not depend on me.”

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