By ESPNSTAR.com Staff
Alonso was a vital part of the irrepressible Spanish team which won the recently concluded European Championship but the Real Madrid midfielder is not content to rest on his laurels and is already eyeing the World Cup in 2014.
However, questions remain if Spain's domination in world football can last, with several of the key players in the national team like Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernandez and Alonso himself getting on in years, casting doubts on their participation in future international tournaments.
The 30-year-old midfielder however, was adamant that age was just a number and claimed the players in the current Spanish team were healthy and raring to go.
Speaking to Christy Simson from ESPN STAR Sports, Alonso said: "I think that the health of the national team is fantastic at the moment, not just for the senior players."
Alonso also painted a positive picture of the youths in Spanish football, trusting that the current "tiki-taka" style of play Spain is renowned for will continue to be seen in future Spanish sides.
"You can see that from the youth teams-great players are coming. Their profile-they fit very well with the style of play we are playing and that's key for the future of the national team."
"We have just good resources to think that we can be optimistic in two years."
The former Liverpool man though remained coy on his participation in the World Cup in 2014.
He said: "There's still two years to go-a lot of things will happen. Why not? Yeah, I want to. I can't assure what will happen in two years, but of course, I would like to."
Alonso also shed some light on the footballing philosophy within the Spanish camp.
"We have a clear idea of how we want to approach each game."
"That idea is to try to keep the control-to try to have the control of the ball because that allows you to control the game. With the profiles of players that we've got, we can do it easily."
"Most of the thing is that we have most of the possession and as well as just keeping the possession, whenever we lose the ball, we try to regain it as soon as possible and to put a lot of pressure on the open ends" he added.
The Spanish midfielder also emphasised the importance of getting the first goal in tighter games.
"Once we have scored the first goal, normally the games are much easier. Sometimes it's difficult because their teams sit up, sit back-we are quite defined how we want to play and that's key for the future."
Alonso also hit back at the critics who lambasted the Spanish for lacking the cutting edge in the Euros due to their playing style and claimed Spain were worthy winners of the tournament.
"I think that we proved wrong so many people."
"Italy did play a great semifinal but I think that, overall, our tournament was really consistent."
"Our team is really mature-we have the experience and I enjoyed playing because during the game, I felt that we were so under control of the game that we were playing as we wanted" he added.
"It was close to the perfect final."
Alonso made his international debut on 30 April 2003 and recently earned his 100th cap in Spain's Euro quarter-finals clash against France and marked the momentous occasion with a well taken brace.