Barcelona and Spain midfielder  Sergio Busquets in action against Atletico Madrid’s   French forward Antoine Griezmann   during the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match  at the Vicente Calderon. Photograph:   Curto de la Torre/AFP/Getty Images

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said on Thursday that Barcelona’s elimination from the Champions League could help his team’s preparation for this sum(...)

Spain’s Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto vie for the ball with Romania’s Ovidiu Stefan Hoban and Florin Andone at Cluj Arena stadium. Photograph: EPA

Spain midfielder Koke could not hide his disappointment after his side were held to a goalless draw in Romania but insisted they would improve during (...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill during the Uefa Euro 2016 draw in Paris, France, on Saturday. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA.

Martin O’Neill is far from the first manager to leave a major championship draw clinging for consolation to the idea that it could have been worse bu(...)

The Spanish team returned from Brussels after their international friendly soccer match against Belgium was cancelled due to the terrorist attack alert level. Photograph: EPA

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque held an impromptu press conference from the national team’s plane following the cancellation of the friendly between th(...)

Spain manager Vincent del Bosque has said Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea must be playing if he is to be considered for Euro 2016 selection. Photograph: Afp

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque admits it will be difficult for him to select David de Gea in his European Championship squad if the goalkeeper remai(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts at the end of Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final second leg draw with Juventus at the Bernabéu on Wednesday. The result saw the reigning champions knocked out.  Photograph: Juanjo Martin/EPA.

Carlo Ancelotti left his technical area and headed down the tunnel, never to return. Real Madrid had just been knocked out of the Champions League, Ju(...)

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(...)