Spain have long been regarded as the country that produces some of the best footballing talent, yet fails to achieve success at tournaments for reasons ranging from imbalance and mismanagement to a simple lack of mental strength.
Having never won a World Cup, their solitary international success came 44 years ago when they won Euro ’64 and Arbeloa, who has only been capped once for his country, was delighted at receiving the call and is hoping for the best.
“The objective is to win the European Championship,” he told El Mundo.
“It is important to think that we have to win as Spain has not done it often. It is the suitable mentality. We know we have to go step by step but the aim is just to win the European Cup.
“I am very happy to be in Madrid, with the squad, I have lots of ambitions and huge motivation to do good things. I want to enjoy myself the best I can in this experience and go far.”
Meanwhile, Sergio Garcia admitted that meeting up with the Spain squad for the first time on Monday eased the pain that he had felt the day before when Real Zaragoza were relegated.
The Catalan striker could not hide his delight when he joined the rest of Luis Aragones’ side at the Hotel Meliá Barajas in Madrid.
Zaragoza fans may not be delighted to see one of their key players shaking off relegation to La Segunda A so easily, but for Sergio Garcia he is only focussed on one thing.
“Yesterday was a sad day, but now I only want to focus on the national team and nothing else,” he said.
The Spanish players will head off for short breaks before all meeting up again on May 26 to begin the real preparations for Euro 2008.