CURITIBA, Brazil – The Spanish squad is trying to stay upbeat in its last days at the World Cup after reports emerged that players were upset with Xabi Alonso for his unrepentant critique of the 2010 champion's performances in Brazil.
The squad had a full training session Friday ahead of its last Group B match against Australia at Curitiba on Monday, which will determine which of the already eliminated teams finishes last in the group.
Alonso said Spain lacked hunger and commitment to win following defeats to the Netherlands and Chile, and said changes were necessary.
Coach Vicente del Bosque's future is also under scrutiny after the No. 1-ranked Spain, which entered the tournament as the world and European champion, lost its opening matches by a combined total of 7-1.