THE BOSS FERNANDO HIERRO
It doesn’t get much tougher than taking over a team with 48 hours to go before their World Cup opener. Spain remain the strongest side in the group but the 50-year-old must draw on all his experience starring for Real Madrid if Spain are not to regret ditching Real-bound Julen Lopetegui.
THE STAR DAVID SILVA
The Man City midfielder is given licence to roam. He dovetails so well with Andres Iniesta. The interchange between these is key to Spain’s success.
THE PROSPECT MARCO ASENSIO
Hailed as the future for Real and Spain, the winger, 22, can shine with his pace and thunderous left foot.
In David de Gea, Spain have the world’s best goalkeeper. His save percentage of 80.3 this season was the best in the Premier League.
Spain are slow starters — losing their openers in 2010 and 2014 — and the last-minute managerial change will not help.