The era of Spain’s dominance on the international scene appears well and truly over.
La Roja won the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, as well as the World Cup in 2010, brushing every other nation in their way aside.
But, two years ago in Brazil, they were humiliated by Netherlands 5-1, losing to Chile 2-0 before beating Australia 3-0 to crash out in the group stage.
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Vicente del Bosque clung onto his job but was forced to resign following their disappointing Euro 2016 campaign. The Spaniards looked to be back to their best after they beat Czech Republic 1-0 and breezed past Turkey 3-0. However, a 2-1 loss to Croatia saw them finish second in their group setting up a last-16 clash with Italy - which they subsequently lost 2-0.
Just days after the loss, Del Bosque resigned after a seven-year spell which saw him lead the side to triumphs in 2010 and 2012.
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And the 65-year-old has made a revelation after his departure. Del Bosque has admitted that he messaged every member of the 23-man squad, except Iker Casillas and he’s revealed exactly why.
Del Bosque's revelation
"With his team-mates he has been fine, correct, but with the coaching staff it is so so," Del Bosque told El Larguero, per Goal.com.
"That is why the only player I did not send a message to Casillas.
"He feels bad with me, but also with [physical trainer] Javier Minano or [assistant coach] Toni Grande. With everyone else he has been fine. The anger has been with us."
"For sure he is hurting or displeased with me and I understand that. He thinks we have done the wrong thing," added Del Bosque, who said the decision to play David de Gea in goal was a feeling his body had.
"But we have to be proud of a player who has 167 games with the national team. I don't believe three or four games will hurt his resume.
"Casillas hasn't disappointed me. I have a great appreciation for him. I have known him since he was nine years old."
Casillas had to make do with a place on the bench with Manchester United’s De Gea being given the nod. Despite De Gea being regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, the 35-year-old clearly wasn’t impressed with Del Bosque’s decision.
After the tournament, Casillas hinted at his international retirement by posted a video on his Twitter account of a Rambo film with the dialogue saying: “I don't know where but I'm going.”
It was accompanied with the message: “I’m proud to feel the love of the people today and as always, everyone together for the national team.”
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