sport news Andres Iniesta DROPPED by Spain for World Cup last 16 clash

Andres Iniesta DROPPED by Spain for World Cup last 16 clash against Russia as Fernando Hierro brings in Marco Asensio for veteran midfielder Andres Iniesta has been dramatically left out of the Spanish team to play Russia The veteran midfielder has been replaced by Marco Asensio for the last 16 clash  Calls for Iniesta to be left out were rife in Spanish media after the group stages Iniesta had started every knockout tie for Spain since the 2006 World Cup 

By Max Winters For Mailonline

Published: 14:10 BST, 1 July 2018 | Updated: 14:18 BST, 1 July 2018

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Andres Iniesta has been dramatically left out of the Spanish team to play Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup on Sunday.

Calls for the veteran midfielder to be left out were rife after the group stages, with former national team goalkeeper Santiago Canizares among the critics.

Those calls for his omission were expected to be ignored though, despite Spain's indifferent group stage performances against Iran and Morocco. 

Andres Iniesta has been dramatically left out of the Spanish team to play Russia on Sunday

Andres Iniesta has been dramatically left out of the Spanish team to play Russia on

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