Spain have fired head coach, Julen Lopetegui and replaced him with Spain sporting director Fernando Hierro, just two days before their opening World Cup match with Portugal.

This comes after Lopetegui was yesterday named the new Real Madrid boss to  succeed Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu on a three-year deal.

The Spanish football federation (RFEF) said it had dismissed the 51-year-old because the negotiation occurred “without any information to the RFEF”.

Lopetegui became Spain manager in 2016 following Vicente del Bosque’s retirement, and remained unbeaten through his reign.

Spain won 14 of 20 games with Lopetegui in charge, drawing the remaining six.

Spain begin their World Cup campaign against Portugal on Friday.