Victory over Albania secured Spain’s place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and La Roja will be able to count on Isco at the tournament La Roja, with the Andalusian well on his way to becoming one of the nation’s greatest players.
Julen Lopetegui has recognised the vast upturn in Isco’s domestic form and has trusted him ever since he took the national job, so he is a leader for the team at this moment.
His creative play is astonishing and the way he can control matches and dictate play from a mobile position is truly reminiscent of a younger Andres Iniesta.
Isco netted his fourth goal in three international breaks on Friday, showing he has been able to develop the goalscoring side of his game.
Under Lopetegui’s stewardship, the former Malaga midfielder has scored all of his six international goals.
Albania were not given a moment of peace by Isco, as he covered the entire midfield and even finished off a perfect team move with a goal.
Pace around him is a huge help, as domestically he has Dani Carvajal and Marcelo doing a lot of running around him, while on Friday it was Alvaro Odriozola.
The 25-year-old is never going to be the landmark goalscorer that Raul was for the national team, yet he will lead in a different way.
Spain have to move forward from the era of Xavi and Iniesta and this is the perfect way.
Isco is in his prime and will arrive in Russia at the top of his game, so he is a front-runner to win the best player of the competition award.