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De Gea responds to World Cup exit

De Gea responds to World Cup exit

They looked like they belonged.

Despite the disappointment suffered in Russia, Iniesta believes he is passing the baton on to a group of talented young players as he continues the twilight of his career in Japan.

Croatia has qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1998, when they went on to finish third in the tournament.

Among the candidates to take over for the next qualifying campaign is Roberto Martinez, who has impressed many at worldwide level with the style of his Belgium team and his possession based football would suit the Spanish style of play, also the lure of returning to his homeland may be too good for Martinez to turn down. He's played a lot.

Cherchesov has masterminded a remarkable upturn in fortunes, with back-to-back wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt to launch their campaign sparking a wave of national euphoria.

Spain, the 2010 world champions, saw their hopes of glory this summer ended by the host nation despite dominating possession at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique were both guilty, the latter because of a handball that gave Russian Federation their equaliser, but De Gea left as the principal villain.

It shows the 27-year-old catching a bottle of water at the end of the first-half of extra-time.

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'Today there is pain, as we have been eliminated, ' Rubiales said. "When it's over, I just think about the next game", he said.

"My emotions are simple", he added.

"It wasn't open football on our part".

"I am very proud of playing for Spain when I have the chance, but because of motivation, or because you like to focus on other things, there is some stage of your life when you need to end it in the best way".

Nevertheless, he had the support and backing of the players, even though they had wanted Lopetegui to stay, and many - including former Netherlands defender Frank de Boer - insisted that Spain's side could coach itself.

"Hurray!" Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev tweeted from the International Space Station after watching the match streamed live on a floating laptop.

The Manchester United shot-stopper has not been at the level that has seen him become the number one choice for Spain having not conceded in just one game at the World Cup with just one save from the seven shots on goal.

"I accept the responsibility, I am the head coach".