He may have scored a brace of goals in his country’s comfortable Euro 2016 victory over Turkey, but Alvaro Morata still can’t quite believe he’s playing alongside the likes of Andres Iniesta.
Juventus striker Morata used to watch his country participate in international tournaments from the comfort of his own home but is now the man leading the line for Vicente del Bosque’s side.
His two strikes secured a 3-0 win over Turkey and progression to the latter stages, leaving the 23-year-old pinching himself at his presence in the tournament.
Morata’s two goals against Turkey secured a 3-0 win and progression to the latter stages of Euro 2016
Asked for his thoughts after his star performance on Friday, Morata told Telecinco: ‘My two goals in the match? I am very happy with the team, the match and the goals.
‘Before these matches I used to watch Spain on television. I’m here now. It is a dream for me.’
Morata’s first-half header put Spain into the lead before Nolito added a second before the break.
That seemed to deflate Turkey, with Del Bosque’s men going on to take total control.
Another strike in the second-half made it five goals in 11 international appearances for Morata, with the forward praising the support of those around him.
‘When things are going well people say we do not score goals,’ he said.
‘We must follow and work. We played a great game against a difficult team.
Spain celebrate another Morata goal as they prove too much for Turkey to handle in their clash in Nice
Morata’s goalscoring exploits for Spain against Turkey saw him make the front pages of Europe’s main papers
With the likes of Fernando Torres and Diego Costa out, Morata is now the star man in the Spain attack
‘The most important thing is we have a great atmosphere. We laughed, we played and it showed on the field.’
With two wins from two, Spain are now through to the last 16 with a game to spare and remain among the favourites to win the title in France.