Spain's Andres Iniesta retires from global football following World Cup exit

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Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saves the ball in a penalty shootout leading to Russia winning the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Spain and Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 1, 2018. "It's a hard moment, one we've experienced before but we weren't capable of that little bit extra".

Hierro was named the team's new head coach just 24 hours before the opening match of the World Cup after former coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked over agreeing to start training Real Madrid after the World Cup, and doing so without notifying the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) that he was in talks with the club.

Iniesta insisted that it's hard to accept criticism but those comments are the least important right now. We need to be realistic, the situation was what it was.

"It isn't easy, it is more complicated than it seems, but the national team will go on and there are players of the right level". "They are replacements. There are good players and it's important we return to the way which gave us so much success". "I am very grateful for one of the greatest players in our history".

Denmark - World Cup - 1 July 2018
For Denmark , the creative spark will come from Christian Eriksen , who is allowed pretty much a free role in midfield. Their form in Group D brought them 7 goals and just 1 conceded, as well as a 3-0 annihilation of Argentina.

Andres was relegated to the bench for the match against Russian Federation but he didn't feel "singled out" for Spain's poor displays.

"Decisions were made, and I don't want to blame anyone". He looks for what's best for the team and he felt it needed to be this eleven.

"Like all Spaniards, we had high hopes and dreams and we are sad that we couldn't do it for the millions of people who were following the game back home", he said.