Monday 16 December 2019

Spain start rebuilding process with French test

Spain coach Vincent Del Bosque has kept his job after their dismal showing at the World Cup and the rebuilding job now begins with a friendly against France. Photo: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Spain coach Vincent Del Bosque has kept his job after their dismal showing at the World Cup and the rebuilding job now begins with a friendly against France. Photo: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

Filling the midfield void left by the international retirements of Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso is one of the big challenges facing Spain as they seek to rebuild following a shambolic World Cup performance.

With nearly 250 international appearances between them, the duo played a crucial role in a sustained period of success which saw Spain win two European Championships and a World Cup from 2008-2012.

Both stepped aside after the World Cup this summer, where Spain was beaten by the Netherlands and Chile in their first two group games to make an early exit from the tournament.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque kept his job and qualifying should not be too hard for Euro 2016 but the rebuilding process begins tonight with a friendly in France.

Del Bosque is likely to lean more heavily on Cesc Fabregas, who has made a bright start to the season, while Arsenal's Santi Cazorla - who found it hard to hold down a place during Spain's glory era - can also stake his claim.

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