Interim Spain coach Fernando Hierro has confirmed that goalkeeper David de Gea will start Sunday's World Cup last-16 clash with tournament hosts Russia.
"De Gea will play", Hierro tells Spanish radio interview
De Gea has come under fire over his recent displays for Spain, particularly after his serious error led to Portugal's second goal as La Roja drew 3-3 with the European champions in their opening World Cup game two weeks ago.
However, Hierro told the Radio Nacional de España programme 'Radiogaceta de los deportes' on Friday: "De Gea will play".
Hierro has maintained his support for the Manchester United keeper throughout the World Cup, declaring that "a change in goal hasn't crossed my mind" before Spain's 2-2 draw with Morocco in their final group-stage match on Monday.
🔴 EXCLUSIVA: Fernando Hierro adelanta en #RNE que el domingo frente a Rusia sí jugará De Gea y deja entrever que también lo hará Diego Costa 🔊 👉 https://t.co/5Vtp0ja6vb La entrevista completa, hoy a las 9 h en @RadiogacetaRNE pic.twitter.com/SVp2bHsGNw— Radio Nacional (@rne) 29 June 2018
"Costa has played all three games and scored three goals..."
Meanwhile, the Spain boss was also asked whether Diego Costa will continue to lead the forward line this weekend, and strongly indicated that the Atlético Madrid striker would start at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
"Costa has played all three games from the start and has scored three goals," Hierro said. "That should answer your question."