New Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has been relieved of his duties with the national team by the Spanish FA just two days to their opening game against Portugal in Russia.
The Spaniard was primed to take over at the Los Blancos following the conclusion of the World Cup.
However, the Spain Football Federation have moved to fire him on the eve of the world cup.
“We have decided to fire the national coach,” Spanish Football Federation president, Luis Rubiales, said. “What we have achieved in getting here is due in great part to him, and we must thank him and wish him luck.”
Rubiales insists he does not feel undermined, but has suggested that Real acted in a manner unbecoming of their status.
He added: “I don’t feel betrayed. Lopetegui has done impeccable work. How all this has been done is something else.
“I have spoken with the players and I can guarantee they will do everything, along with the new coach, to take the team as far as possible.
“Real Madrid look for the best coach, that is fine by me. I have no opinion about how Real Madrid act. But the federation have an obligation to represent all Spaniards.
“I found out [about the deal with Madrid] five minutes beforehand and asked for nothing to be done, that I was getting a plane and coming here.
“But, after five minutes, I saw it in the press and we had to react. We have a responsibility. I know there will be criticism but the values of the RFEF are set by the RFEF itself.