Xabi Alonso has described Nigel de Jong’s challenge in the World Cup final as ‘one of the worst tackles’ he has suffered.
Holland’s De Jong was fortunate not to be sent off in Sunday’s game after a kung-fu style kick into Alonso’s chest in the first half.
The Spain midfielder was able to continue playing before being replaced by Cesc Fabregas towards the end of normal time, but he was unhappy with De Jong’s tackle.
“It was one of the worst tackles I have ever suffered,” said the Real Madrid midfielder.
“It was a tight game, there was respect from both sides and they had to close us down.
“But that challenge was really hard. It was one of the most painful tackles in my life and it was hard to play on.
“I have probably broken a rib, although I am not too worried about that.”
Reigning European champions Spain have now become the third side, after West Germany and France, to hold both tournaments at the same time, and Alonso sees no reason why they cannot extend that winning sequence at Euro 2012.
“Right now is not the time to think about the future, but of course the basics are there with this team,” he said.
“The style is there, the mentality is there and the team spirit is there. If we keep working in this way many more big things may come.”