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

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Yet, less than 24 hours later, coach Julen Lopetegui has been sacked by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and Fernando Hierro, the former Real Madrid player, has been appointed to replace him and clean up the mess he has inherited.

Hierro, a former Real Madrid captain, refused to criticise his old club for their conduct, and admitted the chance to coach his country was an opportunity too good to turn down.

Lopetegui, the current Spain manager, was announced as Zinedine Zidane's successor on Tuesday, just two days before the start of the World Cup in Russian Federation. (We were told) just five minutes before the press release. I have a very clear conscience, and from there we take on the challenge we have in front of us.

"It's a hard situation, but we are not the ones who determined the action that had to be taken. But the federation have an obligation, to represent all Spaniards", he said. Maybe this is tough now, but in the end it will make us stronger. Here is a selection of how the world's media treated the news.

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. "There's a lot to do".

United star, De Gea has been vocal on his future in recent weeks, with the Spain worldwide revealing he's fully focused on the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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"We have been obliged to fire the national coach".

Lopetegui may not have Maradona's level of influence but his exit disrupts a chain of command in a team chasing a second World Cup title in three attempts.

Get the latest World Cup news updates. Lopetegui had recently signed a new deal with Spain on May 22 extending his contract until 2020. "If I wasn't sure that we couldn't have a great tournament, I wouldn't be here", Hierro said. Nobody gives anything away at a World Cup'.

Rubiales, though, insists the squad is entirely focused on Friday's match against Portugal in Sochi.

Spanish football expert Balague says after links with Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte had been quashed, it was anybody's guess who Real would appoint. Our objective is to fight for a World Cup, we have been two years preparing for this. But the values of the federation come first. He was elected president over Juan Luis Larrea, the federation's former treasurer and its interim leader since Villar was suspended following his arrest a year ago on suspicion of corruption.

In one of his first actions, Rubiales canceled a previously arranged "vacation" trip by officials to the World Cup that would cost almost 2 million euros ($3 million).

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