Spain’s coach Vicente del Bosque gestures during their Euro 2016 Group C qualifying soccer match against Belarus in Huelva. Photograph: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque denies he is threatening injured duo Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas by saying it will be tough for them to get back i(...)

 Chelsea’s Diego Costa is to return to the starting XI against QPR on Saturday.   Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Diego Costa will return to Chelsea’s starting lineup for their west London derby against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday though José Mourinho is alrea(...)

France’s Loic Remy (right) celebrates with team mates after scoring against Spain  at the Stade de France. Photograph: Benoit Tessier / Reuters

France 1 Spain 0 New Chelsea signing Loic Remy grabbed the only goal as France squeezed past 2010 world champions Spain 1-0 in a friendly at the Stade(...)

Barcelona’s Xavi (left) during the training session at St George’s Park, Burton-Upon-Trent. The Spaniard has announced that he will retire from international football. Photograph:  Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Spain midfielder Xavi has announced his retirement from international football. The 34-year-old revealed at a press conference with Barcelona on Tuesd(...)

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque will wait until after the final group game against Australia to decide his future. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

Vicente del Bosque insists he does not want to be a “hindrance” and has offered to step down as Spain coach due to the team’s early exit from the Worl(...)

Charles Aranguiz of Chile (centre) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring to put his side 2-0 up against Spain in the  Group B  match at the  Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Antonio Lacerda/ EPA 0:52

Chile 2 Spain 0Spain’s football empire has fallen.The European and defending world champions were sent packing from the World Cup tonight, dumped out (...)

Vincente Del Bosque: Those that didn’t play against Holland are top players with big clubs. Photograph: Juanjo Martin/EPA

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said he accepted the criticism of his team after the 5-1 World Cup mauling by the Netherlands and believes they will re(...)

Robin van Persie of the Netherlands  celebrates his goal against Spain with coach Louis van Gaal at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador. Photo: Michael Dalder/Reuters

The Netherlands have a lovely problem on their hands. How on earth do you follow a 5-1 victory over Spain? Australia are about to find out, alt(...)

Vicente Del Bosque of Spain (left) talks with goalkeeper Iker Casillas during a training session at the team’s training facilities in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. Photograph: CJ Gunther/  EPA

Spain’s sensational 5-1 thrashing by the Netherlands was only a ‘partial defeat’, a relaxed-looking coach Vicente Del Bosque told reporters on Saturd(...)

Arjen Robben celebrates scoring one of his two goals with Dutch team-mate  Wesley Sneijder as Spain goalkeeper  Iker Casillas falls to his knees at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador. Photograph:  Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Brazil’s players trained on Friday morning so the squad could get lunch out of the way early and sit down to watch Mexico play Cameroon, their two rem(...)