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Fernando Hierro to coach Spain during World Cup following Julen Lopetegui sacking

13 June, 2018, 23:13 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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"We feel obliged to take this decision", Rubiales told a news conference at the team base in Krasnodar.

Pique, who will retire from global football after the World Cup, has been jeered routinely by Spain fans for the past two years for his jibes at Real and for defending Catalonia's right to have a referendum on independence from Spain.

Rubiales, who took over as president last month, said Lopetegui betrayed the federation's values and it was the only decision he could make.

Former team captain Fernando Hierro, already in Russia as Sporting Director, has been directed to take over as coach for the tournament, the federation said on its website. "We wish him the greatest of luck", said Rubiales.

"All of the Spanish coaches would like in the future to become national team manager".

Addressing the media in Russia, Rubiales revealed he had only been told of Real's decision five minutes before they announced Lopetegui's appointment.

"I came from Moscow because this issue is more important, and we had to react".

Lopetegui was announced as Zinedine Zidane's successor at the Santiago Bernabeu in a shock announcement on Tuesday that has rocked one of the pre-tournament favourites' preparations.

Spain's first game at the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup is against neighbours Portugal on Friday.

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Spain, one of the pre-tournament favourites and winners in 2010, also face Morocco and Iran in their group in Russian Federation. One was to say no, one was to leave, the third was to be present, to take a step forward for the Spanish FA and Spanish football'. His Spain side are still unbeaten since he took over after Euro 2016, and easily qualified for the tournament in Russian Federation.

It's quite stunning news and certainly is a massive distraction for this team.

"Not because Lopetegui will be the coach of Madrid for the next three years, which seems like a good and respectable choice".

Rubiales does not fear a backlash from players and believes they are still committed to the World Cup.

A replacement for Lopetegui has not been announced. "Nobody gifts you anything at a World Cup, one bad game sends you home, we all know the responsibility we have". We have been forced to make this decision.

"I admire Julen a lot, I respect him a lot, I think he's a top trainer and that makes it more hard to make the decision".

"We are the national team".

Hierro said: 'The feedback I've received is fantastic.is a united group, they know their goals.

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