Spain have taken the bold decision to sack their manager Julen Lopetegui just a day before the World Cup kicks off in Russia.

Lopetegui was recently confirmed as the next Real Madrid boss earlier this week and the early announcement has backfired.

The 51-year-old will replace Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu this summer following the Frenchman’s decision to step down.

The Spanish Football Federation have taken the decision to part ways early rather than wait until after the tournament, despite Spain playing their first game of the competition on Friday against Portugal.

Madrid’s announcement of Lopetegui’s impending move is said to have angered those behind the scenes at the Spanish national team.

The Spanish Football Federation will now look to make an appointment before the game against Portugal.

We’ve taken a look at who could be in line to replace him.