Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has been appointed coach of Spain national team.

Enrique will be taking over from interim manager Fernando Hierro who was asked to take charge of the team following the sack of Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Lopetegui had taken the Real Madrid job without informing his employers, a betrayal that left Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales and the Spanish FA seething. The consequence was a resultant sack.

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Enrique, who signed a two-year contract, will be tasked with steadying the ship following a shambolic Russia 2018 outing.

Having worked with Barcelona contingent between 2014-17, Enrique will be expected to revive Spanish fortunes.

Enrique will take charge of his first game on 31 August against England at Wembley, followed by clash with Croatia on 11 September – Spain’s first two games in the debut edition of the UEFA Nations' League.

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