Norwich City’s Javier Garrido still dreams of playing for Spain
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Norwich City defender Javier Garrido will never give up on his Spanish international ambitions.
Garrido believes a new long term deal with the Canaries and the global appeal of the Premier League can improve his chances of forcing his way into the World and European champions' stellar squad.
The 28-year-old was a regular for his country at youth level and played alongside David Villa and Andres Iniesta in Spain's European Championship winning Under-19 group. Garrido has now established himself as Chris Hughton's first choice left-back after a successful initial season-long loan stint and the former Lazio and Manchester City defender insists the Premier League offers a perfect stage to push his international claims.
'That is something which is always there because I've been playing up to under-21. I know right now it is very difficult to be involved but why not? I have been playing regularly and the first step is to be playing a lot and we are doing well, so who knows,' he said. 'I am the kind of player who always wants to improve myself and next season is going to be an exciting season for everyone – the club, the team and the individual players.
'Since my first day when I came in here, my main thing was to help the team to be safe and then join permanently because they have shown me a lot of confidence and want me to stay here and I've been playing so many games. I feel so confident with everyone, the supporters and the team and when we won the West Brom game I knew how happy I was because I knew that a permanent deal would be real. It was a good moment for me.'
Garrido has now played in the top leagues in Spain, Italy and England but the defender believes the lure of the Premier League explains why there are so few domestic exports.
'Maybe the English players feel so happy and comfortable in England,' he said. 'The English kind of player is suited to the physical, strong tackling football. In Italy the culture is completely different. The games are more slow and not as physical and in Spain maybe more technical. England has good players but maybe they do not feel they need to go abroad to find a new experience. It is up to each player really.'
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Garrido admits he had to curb his natural attacking instincts at times in pursuit of Norwich's Premier League survival.
'I like to attack but I am a defender so I know my main thing has to be defence and every time I can, I like to help with an assist or the people in front,' he said. 'It was a great moment for everyone when the job was done, but that is now in the past. Now we can have a rest and then come back and look to improve next season in the Premier League.'