Míchel Salgado is determined to display his world famous competitive edge and make Spain victorious after the Real Madrid legend announced he is ready to serve his country again at Star Sixes.
The dynamic defender helped inspire Real Madrid to four La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies, but he reveals there is nothing like the sense of pride and passion he feels hearing the national anthem when representing Spain.
And the man who finished his career as a Premier League success with Blackburn Rovers has already been holding team talks with his fellow Spanish greats about how they can upset the likes of English stars Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand on home soil.
Star Sixes will be staged at The O2, London from 13 to 16 July. England, Germany, Brazil and France will also be competing in the six-a-side, 12-team tournament for iconic former internationals, which will include such illustrious names as Roberto Carlos, Michael Ballack and Robert Pirès.
And Star Sixes has certainly got the competitive juices flowing through Salgado again.
“For me, there is nothing like standing in the Spain shirt and hearing the national anthem,” he said.
“You do not expect to represent Spain again once you are retired so to experience it in London will be so special and make me feel so proud.
“Of course, the World Cups were something I remember so well, but my debut was possibly one of the greatest days of my life, even though we lost. There was nothing bigger for me than to represent the national team.
“There was a time in Spain when Real Madrid and Barcelona were almost bigger than the national side, but that all changed after we won the World Cup.
“That united the country and now everyone looks to the national side to do well and I want us to repeat the recent years of Spanish success at The O2.
“We are taking it seriously to the extent I have already been talking plans and tactics with Carles Puyol.
“We have agreed we are not going to London just for a reunion. We are going there to upset the English players and win!”
Salgado, who won 53 caps for his country, played at European Championships and World Cups for Spain but missed out on being part of the 2002 and 2004 squads through injury.
By 2010, when Spain broke their run of bad luck to finally lift the World Cup in South Africa, Salgado was a top player with Blackburn Rovers.
And it was that experience in the English top flight that has made him even keener to return to face some of his old international and Premier League rivals.
“I fell in love with Blackburn and English football,” he added. “The fans make it such a unique place to be. I have played all over the world but can honestly say the English atmosphere is the hottest.
“I have never played at The O2 before but I know all about the venue and cannot wait to play there.
“I know we have a good Spanish community in London who will hopefully come out to support us. I am sure the English will make it a great atmosphere for us too.”
Salgado ensures he has remained in top shape by playing in legends matches and runs every day.
But he hopes running his own Spanish Soccer Academy in Dubai will give him an advantage.
“I am on a pitch most days and try to play in with the under-14s and under-16s to keep me sharp,” he added.
“I will be ready for Star Sixes.”
The rest of the world has been warned.
Tickets for the first Star Sixes international football tournament are now available to buy online from The O2, with prices starting at just £30 for adults and £10 for children. Visit Ticketmaster or AXS to book.