Vicente Del Bosque asked Cesc Fabregas to leave Spain's World Cup training session on Saturday after displaying a poor attitude in the build-up to their final Group B game against Australia. The Chelsea midfielder has so far been restricted to a ten-minute cameo from the substitutes bench in Brazil this summer, and looks to have destroyed any chance of featuring on Monday after falling out with his manager.
Judging by Del Bosque's penultimate session in what has been a disastrous tournament campaign in South America, Fabregas looked set to start versus the Socceroos until his lethargic body language prompted a quick change of heart from the 63-year-old tactician.
The 27-year-old was ordered to remove his bib and hand it to Xabi Alonso, who will now make his last appearance for La Roja after confirming last week his plans to retire from international football after the World Cup this summer.
Del Bosque's public humiliation of Fabregas is the latest example of growing unrest in the camp of the reigning world and European champions, following their surprise group stage exit in the aftermath of defeats against both Holland and Chile.
Playing for pride is the only remaining incentive for the Spain squad ahead of tomorrow's encounter with Australia, though it looks like the former Barcelona man will not get the chance to regain any respect at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba.
What will Mourinho think?
Jose Mourinho will undoubtedly be monitoring Fabregas closely ahead of his arrival at Stamford Bridge in pre-season, having completed a £27 million deal to bring the player from Camp Nou earlier this summer.
The same lazy attitude will definitely not be tolerated by the Blues boss during preparations for the 2014/15 campaign, so Fabregas will need to leave any problems behind when he reports for Chelsea training in July.
Watch footage of Cesc Fabregas being asked to leave Spain training by Vicente del Bosque in the video below - and leave a comment with who you'd like to see start in the Chelsea star's place against Australia on Monday...