Iniesta to win 100th cap as Spain bow out | Reuters

Barcelona’s Iniesta scored the winning goal when Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 final and has been a key part of a team that had swept all before it in European and world soccer over the past six years.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

“We’ll try to make sure that everyone who has come to Brazil plays at least once,” coach Vicente Del Bosque told a news conference on Sunday.. He will play,” he added.

The coach played down a training-ground dispute he had with midfielder Cesc Fabregas on Saturday after he brought Xabi Alonso into his place in a session.

Del Bosque said it was wrong to heap all the blame for Spain’s early exit on the older players who have served their country so well in the past.

“Why does everyone attack the veterans now? I don’t think it’s only the veterans who are to blame,” he said.

Fellow World Cup winners Iker Casillas and midfielder Xavi, who is struggling with injury, are likely to miss the Group B game on Monday in what will be a melancholy occasion with nothing but pride at stake.

Del Bosque said Pepe Reina would probably start in goal in place of captain Casillas, who has made a number of errors and conceded seven goals in two defeats in Brazil. My decision will have nothing to do with tomorrow’s result,” he said. The Spanish soccer federation wants him to stay on but he has said he needs time to think about his future.

“I don’t think one game more or one game less will have any impact on how his career is viewed,” said Del Bosque.

“They are two very different things. Fellow goalkeeper David De Gea is injured and will not feature.

Xavi, dropped for the defeat by Chile, is not expected to be fit to make a farewell World Cup appearance.

“Of course I have spoken to Cesc. That was nothing special.

CURITIBA Brazil Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta will win his 100th cap against Australia on Monday but the deposed champions will make several changes to ensure as many players as possible get a game at the World Cup.

“We won’t forget that tomorrow is Iniesta’s 100th game. It’s the sort of thing that can always happen in training.”

Del Bosque said the result against the Australians would not influence whether he stays on as Spain coach

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