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Vardy on Spain situation: “It’s really strange”

Group B News World Cup 2018

England’s Jamie Vardy has weighed on the surprising developments that have occurred with Spain over the past 24 hours, but doubts it will have a big impact on the players with the World Cup starting on Thursday

Spain stunned the football world by announcing that they have fired their head coach Julen Lopetegui after he was appointed as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement at Real Madrid for next season.

The shocking announcement comes just two days before Spain begin their World Cup campaign against Portugal.

Sporting director Fernando Hierro, who captained the national team during his own playing days, will take charge for the tournament.

While admitting his confusion over the situation, Vardy did state that it was unlikely that it will have an impact on the players.

“It’s really strange, I don’t really know what to say,” said Vardy, according to Sports Mole.

“As players themselves with Spain, they know how they are going to play every time they go on the pitch. It doesn’t change.

“So if the manager has gone, I’m sure when it comes to going on that field, they will still be playing exactly the same they always have done, they’ve managed to be successful doing that.”

Spain are in Group B for the World Cup and will also face Iran and Morocco to determine a place for the knockout stages.