Fernando Hierro dodges questions on future after Spain World Cup exit

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"(Spain) played badly, and didn't think it out... by the time the penalty shootout started this was a broken team lacking the desire to confront a challenge which owes a lot to luck but also to courage", the paper said.

The 34-year-old was a vital cog in the Spanish machine as they dominated world football across a period of six years, winning two European Championships and securing a World Cup triumph in 2010.

The 2018 World Cup exit marked the end of the glittering global careers of Andres Iniesta and Ramos' long-term central defensive partner Gerrard Pique.

"The critics don't matter so much; we are angry because we weren't capable of taking another step and we didn't rise to the occasion, despite trying everything".

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We can go further.' The game looks like being a niggly affair after the Swedes tried to wind up their opponents ahead of kick-off. Colombia's Carlos Sanchez has insisted England a far more than a one-man team reliant on their captain Harry Kane .

Hosts Russia triumphed 4-3 on penalties to reach the World Cup quarter-finals on Sunday after a surprising 1-1 draw in Moscow, which could spell the end of an era for La Roja.

Fernando Hierro was installed at the last minute as interim coach but although Spain finished top of their group to reach the knockout stages, they made it no further after losing on penalties to Russian Federation on Sunday. The main thing is that we bring joy not only to the fans but also to the leaders.

David de Gea has described Spain as "f*****" following their shock World Cup exit.

Koke's third penalty for Spain was saved by Igor Akinfeev who then saved Iago Aspas's final shot.

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Earlier, Mathias Jorgensen gave Denmark the lead after just 58 seconds but Mario Mandzukic levelled for Croatia in the fourth minute and the sides remained locked at 1-1 at the end of extra time.

He said: "It's harder than it might appear". "I'm leaving with a bad taste in my mouth, like everyone else. Penalties are cruel. The guilty ones are always the players and everyone of us is responsible", he added.

In the survey we asked the simple question, 'Who was responsible for Spain's elimination?' Rubiales, president of the RFEF, received 52.5% of the votes (108,752).

"I'm proud of them as captain because we put our souls into trying to win out there".

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"Russia had a plan, which was exactly that", he said.

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