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8 players who can help Spain win the 2018 World Cup (1)

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It wasn't the end befitting a side that has dominated international football for the last six years. Spain, no longer perennial under-achievers but perennial winners, suffered the ultimate humiliation as the defence of the crown they won four years ago came to a premature end. 

The shock 5-1 loss against the Netherlands prompted plenty of questions over whether Vicente del Bosque's team were past their best. The 2-0 defeat against Chile provided an equal amount of answers.

So far their record reads: two played, seven conceded, and crucially zero points - the same as the amount of goals they have managed from open play. In three of the last four World Cups, the champions have crashed out at the group stages but this felt like more than a simple humbling. It felt like the end.

The tournament in Brazil may be the last time we see the likes of Xavi, David Villa, Fernando Torres pull on the famous red shirt, and a small clutch of players such as Pedro, Iker Casillas and even Gerard Pique may be jettisoned in order to make way for the next generation.

But what a generation it is. The current crop are a once-in-a-lifetime team that lit up the game with a brand of football that was simply unbeatable for a long time. However there are plenty of young players coming through for Spain to suggest they aren't quite done as a force in world football just yet.

They may not be big-names like their predecessors and they may not reach the same dizzying heights either, but the future still looks bright for the (just about) reigning champions.  

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