New Spain manager Fernando Hierro has revealed that the team has no time to dwell on the sacking of former head-coach Julen Lopetegui.
Lopetegui was sacked on June 13, just one day before the World Cup, after being announced by Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane replacement.
However, Hierro, who played for Spain between 1989 and 2002, has revealed that he believes players are going to give 100%.
“We’ve come to fight for the World Cup,” said the 50-year-old ex-Spain and Real Madrid defender.
“We have a great opportunity and that should be the focus.”
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“The players are excited, they want this challenge. It’s a challenge for everyone. We have no time to dwell.”
“I know they’re going to give 100%. In a World Cup, nobody gives anything away. We all know what this means and our responsibilities.”
“When the president told me the possibility, I had three choices: to say no, another was to go and the third was to stay – to take a step forward for the Spanish federation and for Spanish football. I couldn’t say no because I would not forgive myself.”
Hierro, who scored 29 goals in 89 appearances for the national team, has ended his playing career at Bolton in 2004-05.
Spain will begin their World Cup campaign against Portugal on Friday night at Fisht Stadium.
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