Spain have sacked coach Julen Lopetegui just a day after taking the vacant Real Madrid job.
The move threatens to destabilise one of the most highly-rated teams in the tournament, with La Roja set to play Portugal on Friday.
Lopetegui was announced as Zinedine Zidane’s successor earlier this week in a move that surprised many.
The announcement initially claimed that the 51-year-old would take the reigns at Santiago Bernabeu after the conclusion of the tournament, but La Roja have acted now and their decision was to axe the National team boss.
“We have to decide to fire the national coach,” read a statement.
“What we have achieved in getting here is due in great part to him, and we must thank him and wish him luck.”
The stunning development threatens to destabilize a team regarded as one of the favourites to win the tournament in Russia.
The world of football was left surprised by the development and most people suggest it’s a very wrong decision that may go on to hurt the team’s World Cup aspirations.
Spain are yet to announce a replacement but according to report, the announcement will be made in less than 24hours with former boss
Vincente Del Bosque is one of the names in line for the job.
Spain face Portugal on Friday, and will also face Iran and Morocco in Group B.