Alan Hansen: 'Don't write off Spain just yet'

Hansen: 'Don't write off Spain just yet'
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Alan Hansen says that it is too early to rule Spain out of winning the 2014 World Cup, despite their Confederations Cup final loss to Brazil.

Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen has insisted that it is too early to play down Spain's chances of winning the 2014 World Cup.

La Roja, who have won the last three major tournaments in a row, were stunned in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday as they lost 3-0 to Brazil in the final of the Confederations Cup.

"I thought it was a great night of football, with an extraordinary atmosphere created by the crowd and the Brazil players responded," Hansen told BBC Sport. "They thoroughly deserved to win the match.

"It's a bit premature to write off Spain but they were a shambles in the final. We were only saying in the European Championship last year that Spain were the best team we had ever seen.

"Brazil made them look poor. But I think they're methodical - I'm still not sure about them. However, they wanted it more than the Spanish. There was no resistance whatsoever."

Two of the Brazil goals came from Fred and Neymar bagged the other.

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