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Vicente del Bosque: 'Spain deserve criticism'

Vicente del Bosque admits that his Spain team are deserving of criticism following the shock 2-1 defeat to Slovakia in Euro 2016 qualifying on Thursday.

Vicente del Bosque has admitted that his Spain team deserve criticism for their recent 2-1 defeat to Slovakia in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

Miroslav Stoch struck an 87th-minute winner to condemn the reigning European champions to defeat in Zilina on Thursday.

The result comes months after Spain suffered a group-stage exit in a tame defence of their World Cup crown in Brazil, and Del Bosque admits that criticism is inevitable.

"I fully understand this criticism," he told reporters.

"However I'd like to ask for some respect from the point of view of that this is sport. I haven't ever called anybody to retract anything and I never will.

"We have to accept some criticism based on certain results and as we haven't won the last fixtures."

Del Bosque's side should get back to winning ways when they travel away to Luxembourg on Tuesday.

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Spain's coach Vicente Del Bosque attends the Group B football match between Spain and Chile in the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014
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