Midfielder Cesc Fabregas has warned Spain against settling for a draw in Denmark on Saturday, even though a point would be a good result in their bid for Euro 2008 qualification.
Spain are second in Group F, level on 19 points with leaders Sweden who have played a game less. Northern Ireland are third with 16 points and Denmark, who have a game in hand, are fourth with 14.
“It isn’t even entering our heads to go out for a draw. We are Spain and with the players we have we always have to go out for a win,” the Arsenal midfielder told a news conference on Tuesday.
“If we look for a draw there is always the danger they could surprise you with a goal and you end up losing.”
Spain’s top scorer in qualifying with seven goals, Valencia striker David Villa, will miss the game due to an ankle injury but Fabregas was unconcerned.
“Villa’s a player who always gets stuck in, can turn a game and is always likely to score a goal. He’s an important loss,” he added.
“But we have other players who are doing very well, doing the same job, and I’m sure given their opportunity will give their all the same as he would.”
Espanyol’s Raul Tamudo has been called up in Villa’s place and will be competing with club team mate Luis Garcia to partner Liverpool’s Fernando Torres up front.