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Fernando Hierro replaces Lopetegui as Spain coach at Russia 2018

Fernando Hierro retired from the Spanish national team in 2002

With barely 24 hours to go for the commencement of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, former champions Spain have replaced their coach with a former captain.

Julen Lopetegui was sacked on Wednesday just a day after he was named replacement to Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.

The announcement by Madrid is said to have stirred tension in the camp of La Furia ahead of their World Cup opener with Portugal on Saturday.

A few hours after Lopetegui was sacked, the Spanish football federation announced Fernando Hierro as his replacement.

The former Real Madrid and Spain captain is expected to coach the 2010 world champions in Russia.

They will play in Group B.



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