Juan Mata "proud" of Spain

Juan Mata of Manchester United celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium on May 11, 2014
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Manchester United attacker Juan Mata says that he is "proud" to be part of the Spain squad.

Manchester United attacker Juan Mata has said that he is "proud" to be part of the Spain squad.

La Roja opened their World Cup Group B campaign with a 5-1 defeat to Netherlands on Friday, but Mata has insisted that La Roja can recover in their next match against Chile.

"I am more proud than ever to belong to this group, which is like a family. In difficult times, the biggest show their faces," AS reports Mata as saying.

"Everyone is convinced we can turn this around. The important thing is the confidence we have in the squad.

"We're not dead. Losing was a blow for everyone but we must have the same mentality as through the years."

Mata did not feature in the Netherlands clash.

Jeremain Lens of Netherlands celebrates scoring the second goal of the game with Daley Blind and Wesley Sneijder during the International Friendly match between The Netherlands and Wales at Amsterdam Arena on June 4, 201
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