Fernando Hierro

Spain’s sporting director Fernando Hierro will take over as Spain head coach for the Russia 2018 World Cup following Julen Lopetegui’s sacking on Wednesday.

Hierro, a former Real Madrid player, will be in the dugout on Friday when Spain open their campaign in the Group B opener against Portugal and will remain in charge throughout the World Cup in Russia.

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The Spainish Football Federation announced the departure of their head coach Lopetegui around 11am on Wednesday ahead of a press conference.

President Luis Rubiales said they had been “forced into the decision”.

On Tuesday, Real Madrid announced Lopetegui signed a three-year deal to become their new head coach following the departure of Zinedine Zidane.