Del Bosque: My future is decided

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has revealed that he has made a decision on his future but will not comment any further until nearer Euro 2016.

The former Real Madrid veteran replaced Luis Aragones after La Roja’s Euro 2008 triumph and went on to guide them to another European title four years later and the World Cup in 2010.

Spain’s failed World Cup defence prompted Del Bosque into launching a significant overhaul of his squad, although it remains to be seen whether he will see out the rebuild post-Euro 2016.

“I’ve almost decided my XI [for Luxembourg]. I want the team to maintain the enthusiasm [generated by our last get-together],” he told Radio Marca.

“There might be a few [boos for Gerard Pique], but the atmosphere will be a good one.

“I’ve decided whether I’ll stay on or not after the Euros, but I’ll tell the President [Angel Maria] Villar beforehand.

“We’re in the era of Germany being the world’s best team and [Lionel] Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo being the best individually, but we have what it takes to compete with them.

“[Aymeric Laporte] is an old issue. We considered the possibility [of calling him up] when Fernando Hierro was [sporting director], but he refused our offer.

“He’s a very good player, one of the best centre-backs in La Liga.

“Luxembourg are a good team, who won’t stop playing if they go behind or not.

“Without going into details, we plan to use most of the players in the two games on the grounds of fitness, the clubs’ interests and our own in seeing the qualities of the newer faces.”

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