Julen Lopetegui has been sacked by Spain

Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as Spain boss just two days ahead of their opening World Cup fixture.

The Spanish Football Federation made its announcement at around 11am on Wednesday ahead of a news conference at which president Luis Rubiales said: “We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish him the greatest of luck.”

It was announced on Tuesday the 51-year-old, who was in charge of the national team for two years, had agreed a three-year contract at Real Madrid to replace Zinedine Zidane.

However, the decision angered the Spanish FA with Rubiales adding: “The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. There’s a way to act that needs to be fulfilled.

“The Spain team is the team of all Spaniards. You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been obliged to make this decision.”

According to Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague the players, including Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, did all they could to try and keep their head coach in his position.

Spain delayed a press conference at the Krasnodar Stadium by more than an hour before Rubiales, who played for Hamilton Academical in 2009, announced the decision.

The U21 manager Albert Celades, who is part of the coaching staff with the senior squad in Russia, and director of football Fernando Hierro are two of the possible replacements as head coach heading into the World Cup.

The squad are due to take part in a training session at 5.30pm.

source: Skysports