MADRID Spain (Xinhua) --
King Felipe VI of Spain visited the players of
the Spanish football team on Thursday before they flew to Russia
ahead of the World Cup finals.
King Felipe visited
the squad at their training base at the headquarters of the
Spanish Football Federation just outside of Madrid to wish them
luck as they look to repeat their title winning feat of 2010.
The side coached by
Julen Lopetegui, who replaced Vicente del Bosque as Spain coach
after the 2016 European Championships, is unbeaten during the
two years he has been in charge and is among the favorites for
success in Russia.
The Spain players
carried out a relaxed session before flying to Russia at 2pm
will be based in the city of Krasnodar in the south-east of the
country and will play a final warm-up game there against Tunisia
on June 9th, before kicking off their World Cup
campaign against Portugal in Sochi on June 15th.
25 players boarded
the plane to Russia with defender Jesus Vallejo and midfielder
Rodri Fernandez also travelling with the confirmed squad of 23.
Right back Dani Carvajal is still struggling to recover from a
hamstring injury and Rodri and Vallejo have travelled as a
precaution in case he doesn’t recover in time as FIFA rules
permit a change to the official squad up to 24 hours before
Spain’s first match kicks off.