Del Bosque doubts Spain future

Vicente del Bosque says he will talk to the Spanish Football Federation about his future on the country’s bench after their Euro 2016 defeat to Italy.

Spain’s eight-year grip on the European Championship came to an end on Monday after Italy exacted revenge for their reverse in the Euro 2012 final to the tune of a 2-0 victory, and Del Bosque refused to confirm whether he would still be in charge for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in September.

“It’s not a good time for us. We lost and have been eliminated, but you have to accept the defeat with honour,” the Coach said after the game.

“We had a timid first half and were more aggressive in the second, but without success. They put us under a lot of danger with their physical strength.

“[The substitutions] didn’t come off, although they all played with their best intentions. We fought in the second half but didn’t have luck.

“[On Aritz Aduriz suffering an injury], we had the opportunity to bring on Pedro, who’s a quick player, and he had a good chance at the end.

“[On the end of an era], this team have the World Cup qualifiers in September and will continue working.

“[On his future], I’ll speak with the President. I haven’t spoken to the players. I haven’t decided whether or not [to stay]. I’ll talk to Villar first.”

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