Aritz Aduriz has revealed his delight at scoring for Spain in their 4-0 win over FYR Macedonia in their World Cup qualifier on Saturday – to become his country’s oldest-ever goalscorer.
The 35-year-old replaced Alvaro Morata on the hour mark and found the back of the net in the 85th minute to round off a comprehensive display from an under strength Spain side.
A number of players, including Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta were missing from the side, that created the opportunity for the likes of the Athletic Bilbao striker to get a chance to play.
After the match, a proud Aduriz explained: "I’m proud to be here at my age, I’m enjoying myself and pleased with how things are going.
"I always do my best to help the team, at least by trying. I always try, sometimes it’s for better or worse, but my work is always there."
He added: "We found it difficult to break the deadlock, it’s not easy when they defend against you so far back.
"We’re satisfied, the three points were necessary, we have a great team. We missed some important players, but those already here are at a very high level."
Aduriz, who has played for Aurrera, Valladolid, Mallorca and Valencia, has scored 10 goals in just 14 games in all competitions this season, and picked up just his 10th international cap this weekend.