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World Cup 2018: Fernando Hierro says Spain cannot dwell on Lopetegui sacking

World Cup 2018: Fernando Hierro says Spain cannot dwell on Lopetegui sacking

Fernando Hierro was capped 89 times for Spain
bbc.comSpain have "no time to dwell" on the sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui, said temporary replacement Fernando Hierro.Lopetegui, 51, was dismissed two days before their first World Cup game after Spanish football chiefs said it was not involved in his negotiations to become Real Madrid boss."We've come to fight for the World Cup," said the 50-year-old ex-Spain and Real Madrid defender.
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Lopetegui became Spain manager in 2016 following Vicente del Bosque's retirement, and remained unbeaten through his reign.Spain won 14 of 20 games with Lopetegui in charge, drawing the remaining six.According to reports in Spain, Rubiales was incensed when he discovered Lopetegui had agreed a deal with Madrid.He left a Fifa Congress meeting in Moscow early in order to return to Spain's base in Krasnodar.It has been claimed senior players - including captain Sergio Ramos - fought for Lopetegui to remain in charge for the duration of the World Cup.
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Former England striker Alan Shearer I admire their decision. It's bold, it's ruthless. I'm pretty sure they must have spoken to a number of players in the squad.I'm very surprised at the timing of it - two days before their opening game - but they still have an excellent, experienced squad with some top players in it.Will it affect them? We'll have to see. As a player, I wouldn't have liked it - you've worked for so long with a system, with a manager and you're all prepared, and all of a sudden he's gone.There's huge attention on them now, huge questions. Without doubt, there's more pressure on the players now.
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