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Fernando Hierro will take charge of Spain at the World Cup following Julen Lopetegui’s sacking.

It was confirmed that Hierro, who won 89 caps for Spain between 1989 and 2002, will hold a news conference at 6:30 p.m. local time in Krasnodar, Russia.

The former Real Madrid defender will then take charge of his first training session ahead of Spain’s World Cup opener against Portugal on Friday.

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Hierro, who held the role of sporting director, has stepped in following Lopetegui’s unexpected departure following his appointment as Madrid coach on Tuesday.

Reports in Spain suggest Michel and Luis Enrique are leading candidates to replace Julen Lopetegui coach after the World Cup.

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