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Betis duo dreaming of World Cup chances

Real Betis duo Sergio Leon and Javi Garcia are hoping their form can gain them a place in the Spain World Cup squad next summer.

Garcia made his return to Spanish football this summer, joining Betis from Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg but the midfielder is hoping to return to the country with the Spain side for next summer’s World Cup.

His form has been one of the main reasons behind Betis’ good form and impressive results, which include a 1-0 win over Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu last month.

Betis boss Quique Setien is getting the very best out of his players and in particular, Garcia.

The former Real Madrid man has discussed his chances of playing in next summer’s tournament, before speaking on Russia’s love for the game.

“Returning to the national team was practically impossible while I was in Russia,” Garcia told an interview with Reuters.

“But now I‘m back in Spain everyone watches Betis matches, so why not? While things are going well for the team you never know what could happen on a personal level.

”The Russians love football. The city is spectacular and Zenit are the best club in Russia. The fans supported me in the good times and the bad, I could always feel their warmth on the streets.

”In Spain people always want to go to the beach on their holidays but I encourage everyone to go to the World Cup and visit Russia, it will change how you think about the country.

“This is a historic moment for Russia. They are getting ready, they have built some spectacular stadiums and it’s going to be an incredible World Cup.”

Another Betis man hoping for a Spanish call up is Sergio Leon, having performed at a consistently high level this season.

Unlike Garcia, who has two caps at international level and represented Spain at youth levels – Leon is uncapped but many are predicting his form will see him gain a chance to impress before the tournament.

Betis who drew before the international break – meet Eibar on Monday evening, before facing Girona next Saturday.

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