Once lauded as a goalkeeper who could do no wrong, Spain captain Iker Casillas`s tarnished reputation suffered another blow when his error helped Slovakia claim a shock 2-1 win in Euro 2016 qualifying on Thursday.
The call-up of Marc Bartra, who is not even a regular in the Barcelona team, as a replacement for Sergio Ramos in the Spain squad is an indication of the weakness at centre half which national coach Vicente del Bosque blames on foreign imports.
Spain defender Sergio Ramos will miss this week`s Euro 2016 qualifiers away to Slovakia and Luxembourg due to a calf injury and will be replaced in the squad by Marc Bartra, the European champions said on Monday.
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque on Friday included Chelsea`s Diego Costa in his side`s Euro 2016 qualifiers away against Slovakia and Luxembourg despite Jose Mourinho`s concerns over the striker`s fitness.
Chelsea’s head coach, Jose Mourinho, has said that Spain’s achievements in football over the last six years made the country`s football officials overlook the renovation of the team by pumping in new blood and introducing a new generations of players.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said there would be "consequences", including potentially for himself, after the holders` shock elimination from the World Cup on Wednesday, but that he needed time to reflect.
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres believes Spain are an even better team than when they won the World Cup four years ago despite opening the defence of their title with a humiliating 5-1 thumping by the Netherlands.
Spain must not get frustrated if they find themselves up against defensive opponents and patience will be the key to success, midfielder Xabi Alonso said as the holders prepare for their opening World Cup Group B game later on Friday.