Spain players only think of themselves - Del Bosque

The Roja boss responded to reports of a training ground bust-up with Cesc Fabregas and revealed he is unsure whether Xavi will retire from international football

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque claims his players "only think of themselves" following suggestions of a training-ground bust-up with Cesc Fabregas.

La Roja were eliminated after only two matches at the World Cup, enduring dismal defeats to Netherlands and Chile in their opening group stage matches.

Spain's dispirited squad was once again in the headlines earlier on Sunday after rumours of an argument between Del Bosque and Fabregas over the new Chelsea signing's work-rate, with the coach appearing to take away the midfielder's bib.

However, the former Real Madrid boss insists he was simply balancing out teams in the training session and stressed he has to be concerned with keeping the entirety of his squad content - unlike the players themselves.

"I didn't take away the vest," Del Bosque said to Cuatro Television. "It was a minor issue. One team was outnumbered and the team were still behind. I sought support from Xabi Alonso. Nothing happened.

"I'm grateful to all the players. I think of them. But they only think of themselves."

Although his side have experienced a dreadful World Cup campaign, Del Bosque is hesitant to ditch the likes of Barcelona veteran Xavi and suggested that those who are not fans of the Catalunya club should stop seeking his banishment.

"People say we must do a revolution, but we all losers in this the World Cup," he said. "Our recognition for Xavi is huge - if someone does not recognise how good he is then it is because they are permanently wearing their club t-shirt, even to go to bed.

Del Bosque also stressed he had no further updates to give on his future and claims he is unaware of the plans of veterans Xavi and Iker Casillas in terms of their own international careers.

"I can understand that you, the press, want to know what will happen but everything has a process. We have to make many considerations before any decisions are taken - for the good of Spanish football.

"We don't know whether he will continue or not. I sincerely don't know. Nobody has told me directly that these will be their last games with Spain."

Looking ahead to Spain's final game, against Australia, Del Bosque spoke of a desire to end a disappointing summer on a high note.

"We want to go out in the best way possible. I would have liked this game to come earlier; we've been waiting for it since the Holland game.

"Now, after three days, we have begun to understand the situation. We've all worked together and that has made it more manageable."

Del Bosque confirmed that Andres Iniesta will get his 100th cap for la Roja by featuring on Monday against the Socceroos, ruled out David de Gea and Xavi due to injury, and said that Pepe Reina will start in goal.