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Spain Boss Rates The EPL

La Liga players may have formed Fifa’s team of the year, but coach of the year- Vicente Del Bosque- says that the English Premier League has been a boon for his own side.

Del Bosque has coached Spain into becoming the most successful national team in history, guiding them to an unprecedented third straight major trophy.

And he says Spanish football has been aided in its rise to the top by the influx of its players into the English Premier League.

Seven of the players in Del Bosque’s Euro 2012 winning side have played, or still play, in the EPL. And the veteran manager says the experience of playing in arguably the world’s most competitive top-flight league has benefited them, and La Furia Roja, immensely.

"The departure of Spanish players to other leagues, and especially to the English league, has grown Spanish football and has been good for the national team," Del Bosque said.

"Already we have seen this with the evolution of [former Arsenal star] Cesc Fabregas and this trend is now increasing.

"We have followed everyone in England via television and scouting reports that have come in on all the players. But, I'm very glad to have seen them live and how they all did."

The next England-based player in contention to play for Spain is Swansea ace Michu, who has taken the EPL by storm since his bargain move from Rayo Vallecano.

The 26-year-old attacking midfielder has already scored 13 league goals for the Swans this season, and Del Bosque made a trip to England to watch him in action last weekend.

While he faces a struggle to break into Spain’s brilliant and settled midfield, it is not inconceivable that Michu could take the place of a certain misfiring striker in Del Bosque’s squad, after the manager admitted Michu’s displays have not gone unnoticed.

"He plays in a position where we also have [Andres] Iniesta, [Juan] Mata and [David] Silva, among others," Del Bosque said of Michu.

"Those players have been champions of Europe and the world.

"But that does not mean we're ignoring the best performances. It is great that our players are out there."

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