Fernando Hierro has stepped down as Spain’s interim head coach following their early exit from the World Cup.
Spain were eliminated in the last 16 on penalties by hosts Russia, last losing at this stage of a World Cup in 2006, which saw Andres Iniesta immediately retire from international football.
The 50-year-old Hierro took charge of the team just two days before the tournament after Julen Lopetegui was sacked, having agreed a deal to take over as Real Madrid manager without correctly informing the Spanish Football Federation.
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Hierro, a previous player and assistant manager of Real Madrid, will also not return to his role of sports director at the Spanish Football Federation.