Puyol to consider Spain future

  • Last Updated: July 8 2010, 21:33 BST

Veteran Spain defender Carles Puyol will make a decision on his international future after Sunday's World Cup final.

Carles Puyol - weighing up future with Spain.

The 32-year-old secured his side's place in the decider against Holland with a headed goal in their 1-0 semi-final win over Germany on Wednesday.

And the Barcelona star is fully focused on the final, insisting any choices regarding his future with the national squad can wait.

"What faces us is beautiful and after that will be the time to think," said Puyol.

"No decision has been made. I will talk about it with the coach Vicente Del Bosque and the sporting director (Fernando Hierro) after the final."

Puyol is hoping to emulate his goal against Germany, which came from a pinpoint Xavi cross 17 minutes from time, in the final on Sunday.

"I haven't scored many goals so this one was very important. I'm happy for the team to be in the final, we deserve to be there," he added.

"I had talked about the move with Xavi and to put the ball near to the penalty spot. In the first half it didn't work, but in the second Xavi was right on target. It was a moment to treasure, even more so because I'm not in the habit of scoring goals.

"Everything went by so quickly and we knew that if kept our shape, we could reach the final. We know how important this is for Spanish football. I hope that on Sunday I can score another important goal like this one."

Both Spain and Holland are yet to win a World Cup final, and Puyol is expecting an open encounter at the weekend.

"Both teams like to play football, both have very talented players," said Puyol.

"We were favourites at the start of the tournament and when we lost the first game it was seen as a disaster.

"We didn't play badly. We got through the first round and have grown in confidence. On Wednesday, against Germany, we played our best match.

"We approach the final with desire and respect. Both teams can produce an attractive final, we both deserve to be there."