Andres Iniesta dismisses unrest within the Spain squad

Spain international Andres Iniesta has stressed that his teammates are in the perfect frame of mind despite the speculation in the media. La Roja sacked head coach Julen Lopetegui just one day before the World Cup after he secretly agreed to the Real Madrid job and there has since been talk of unrest between Barcelona and Madrid-based players in the Spain camp.

However, Iniesta has refuted the claim and insists the players remain united in the quest to win the World Cup. He said: “I have my own opinion, but the really important thing is that we have always been a united team. Most of us have been playing together for many years and we know each other well and we trust each other blindly. We only care about sporting matters and we want to keep playing as one. It was a difficult situation but it's in the past now and we only want to concentrate on the World Cup. Players always want to achieve the highest possible titles and we would like to win the World Cup again.”

Spain started off their World Cup campaign with a 3-3 draw against Portugal where Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick for the latter. Despite the Portuguese’s efforts, the match was more known for David de Gea’s howler for Ronaldo’s second goal of the game and there has since been severe criticism focused at him from the Spanish press.

Nevertheless, caretaker boss Fernando Hierro has confirmed that De Gea will start between the sticks against Iran and the 27-year-old will certainly want to prove his credentials by keeping a clean sheet. The Spaniard has been widely been regarded as one of the top goalkeepers in the world alongside Germany’s Manuel Neuer but somehow, he has not managed to replicate his Manchester United form on the grandest of stages.