Vicente del Bosque's decision to stay on as Spain manager was met with delight by Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, highlighting the role the 63-year-old plays in fostering a happy atmosphere in the Spain camp.
He told reporters: "It's phenomenal news. I've always said that Del Bosque was the right man for the job at this moment, so I'm delighted".
This ability shouldn't be overlooked, given the rivalling factions from Barcelona and Real Madrid in the squad, not to mention the growing influence of Los Blancos cross-town challengers Atlético Madrid. Whilst Spain's showing at the World Cup was poor, there was no mention of any fall-outs, barring a minor confrontation with Cesc Fabregas during a training session.
However, with Del Bosque's future settled, it is now vital Spain re-establish their identity, off the back of a crushing group stage exit in Brazil.
Go with David de Gea
Del Bosque's unwavering loyalty to deposed Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas was unfortunately a major contributor to Spain's downfall. After almost two-years of playing back-up to Diego Lopez, Casillas' instincts are no longer sharp, and he makes rash, cavaliering decisions.
David de Gea has gone from strength-to-strength at Manchester United during an unsettled period for the Red Devils, and should now be Spain's number one. At 23-years-old, De Gea is young enough to be the Spain keeper for the next decade. Dani Carvajal, Cesar Azpilicueta and Jordi Alba all have age on their side, whilst another young defender, Iñigo Martinez of Real Sociedad, should be introduced to the squad, in place of Raúl Albiol.
Pace is critical
Spain's team was crying out for pace in Brazil. All the sides who thrived at the World Cup relied on pace, and it has become a critical component of international football. In terms of attacking the final third, Pedro was the only player who could offer genuine speed. Jesé of Real Madrid, and Gerard Deulofeu of Barcelona should be watched closely, whilst Jesus Navas' return from injury will be a timely boost ahead of qualifying.
Koke must play
Koke really is an exceptional talent, and above all else he has an incredible hunger and drive to succeed. He has the touch and finesse required to play for Spain's midfield, whilst he possesses the battling qualities that Spain lack.
Under Diego Simeone he has become a master at winning the ball back, as he showed to great effect against Chelsea in the Champions League. Vincente del Bosque must include him from the start, which will be easier now Xabi Alonso and Xavi are no longer a part of the squad.
The elephant in the room
The hardest task Del Bosque faces is how to deal with Diego Costa. His performance at the World Cup shouldn't be given airtime, due to the fact that he was struggling with an injury, however Spain are required to change their style vastly with him in the side, to the point that you have to question whether he should play.
Nevertheless, if Del Bosque successfully integrates Costa into the side, Spain should be an exciting attacking prospect. This is by no means a foregone conclusion, and should be an area of concern for Spain supporters.
The road to France 2016 starts on September 8th. Del Bosque's side have been placed alongside Ukraine, in a thoroughly winnable group. The opening game against Macedonia will be Spain's first game on the path to redemption, and a chance for the rest of the world to see how Del Bosque has adapted his side.
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