In the latest Spain news, boss Fernando Hierro has promised to stand by goalkeeper David De Gea.
After a tumultuous week building up to the World Cup, which saw Hierro replace Julen Lopetegui after it emerged the Basque had been appointed by Real Madrid, La Roja’s opening game hardly calmed things down.
On a balmy night in Sochi, the 2010 world champions were involved in a highly-entertaining 3-3 draw with Iberian neighbours Portugal.
While Cristiano Ronaldo took the headlines courtesy of a hat-trick, De Gea also found himself in the spotlight, but for negative reasons.
The Manchester United made two high-profile errors, the first of which he spilled a Ronaldo effort into his own net, while the second he came out of his goal, before clearing out two of his defenders and was fortunate not to concede again.
His performance understandably prompted criticism from the Spanish media and a poll over the weekend suggested he should be dropped.
Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga has been tipped to replace the 27-year-old for his country’s second game on Thursday against Iran.
Spain are 9/2 to lift the World Cup with Betfred and will be confident of winning their second game against Morocco on Thursday.
Hierro insists there is no way he will drop De Gea after one bad game and has praised the way his custodian has reacted to his difficult night in Sochi.
“He has all of our confidence,” Hierro said when asked about De Gea in Monday’s news conference. “I see him calm, training the same as always.
“I have very clear ideas and I know what path we have to follow. My experience tells me that sportsmen need to be given confidence not just in the good times.”