David Albelda: 'Spain fail because there is no unity'

If you thought England fans had a tough World Cup, spare a thought for Spain. Knocked out in the second round having put themselves among the favourites with an outstanding performance against Ukraine in their opening match. Then defeat to Northern Ireland in the Euro 2008 qualifiers. Coach Luis Aragones offered to resign after the Spanish public called for his head, but the Spanish Football Federation wants him to stay in the job.

Midfielder David Albelda has now claimed the difficulties are due to problems within the squad, not Aragones. "Whether Luis Aragones is there or not, it will be very difficult to achieve anything because there is no unity. In fact it more like disunity," he said before going on to defend his own clique of Carlos Marchena, Juanito, Michel Salgado and Raul! Click here to read more from The Guardian.

[Rob Parker]