Women's World Cup: Spain players call for coach to be sacked

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Spain reached the World Cup finals for the first time in Canada

Spain women have called for their coach Ignacio Quereda to be sacked after they finished bottom of their World Cup group.

Querada has been coach of he national team since 1988 and took Spain to the finals for the first time in Canada.

But his side took just one point from their three group matches, losing to Costa Rica and Brazil.

"We believe an era has come to an end and we need a change," the 23-player squad said in a statement.

The players also criticised the "inadequate" preparation for the tournament.

They added: "This generation has the talent and commitment to have gone a great deal further."

Ranked 14th in the world, Spain's performance in Canada means they will miss out on a place at the Rio 2016 Olympics.