Spain-Russia: De Gea will start, says La Roja boss Hierro

Fernando Hierro says he has no plans to make a change in goal ahead of Spain's World Cup last-16 tie with hosts Russia.

De Gea will start against Russia, says Spain boss Hierro

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.

"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."