Phil Jagielka is hoping a testing night against Spain will help him to become a better player.
The Everton defender was given a tough time when he came face-to-face with the reigning European champions during a recent friendly date with England.
The versatile defender was at fault for David Villa's opener during the contest in Seville, with England eventually slumping to a lacklustre 2-0 defeat.
Jagielka admits he was found wanting at times against the world's best, but believes playing against the likes of Fernando Torres and co. is the only way to raise your game.
"A lot of people are saying it will be a big learning curve for me," the former Sheffield United man told Everton TV.
"It was a little bit nerve-wracking playing against Spain, the European champions, but it's character building.
"I thought I played quite well but obviously it was my mistake that led to the goal.
"It was nice though, I got my first start for my country and it was a fantastic honour.
"Friendly games are normally a bit easier, but it's nice to be tested against the best players."
Jagielka is hoping that one-off night does not bring the curtain down on his international career, but insists he can be proud of his achievements should that prove to be the case.
"Hopefully I'll get more chances, but if I don't, then nobody can take (my caps) away from me.
"I will always look back on that with great pride."