Barcelona striker David Villa delighted to return to action with Spain

David Villa: Missed the European Championship after breaking his leg while playing for Barcelona

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David Villa described his goalscoring return to the Spain side as a 'special day' after making his comeback in the 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia.

The Barcelona striker, who has only recently returned to action after suffering a broken leg in December and missed Spain's successful European Championship defence this summer, slotted home a 63rd minute penalty in the victory soon after replacing Fernando Torres.

Villa's goal was his 52nd for his country and came after strikes from Santi Cazorla (23), Pedro Rodriguez (27) and Xavi (47) had left Spain in complete control.

Pedro then added a fifth in the 73rd minute as Vicente del Bosque's side warmed up for their opening World Cup qualifier against Georgia on Tuesday in emphatic style.

Getting better

And Spain's all-time record goalscorer, Villa, said: "It's obviously a special day to be able to return to the national team after so much time out, great for me, especially being back alongside my team-mates, because I've missed them both in matches and training.

"There's no need to look back now and I can look forward to enjoying myself again."

It remains to be seen what part Villa will play in the match against Georgia but the Barcelona man feels he is improving all the time following his long lay-off.

"Little by little I'm going to continue improving, I'm getting better physically," he said. "I've spent a lot of time training, the body is adapting but getting a starting spot is down to the coach."

Villa also praised the man he replaced, Torres, who made his 100th appearance for Spain and was handed the captain's armband in the absence of Iker Casillas.

Villa said: "A hundred international games for any country is very difficult to achieve. We need to congratulate him because he deserves it.

"Fortunately for all he is now in a sweet moment and he's a unique player."