The Spanish Football Association has announced that Fernando Hierro will not continue in his post as Spain head coach.

Hierro was hastily ushered into the position after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui just days before the competition began, which followed the announcement that his predecessor would take up a role with Real Madrid at the end of the tournament.

Spain started the competition with a 3-3 draw then defeated Iran 1-0.

They won Group B after a 2-2 draw with Morocco, but flirted with the exit door as they fell behind in that match.

Once in the knockout phase, they held the upper hand on Russia but were ultimately eliminated after penalties, which was enough to convince Hierro that the role is not for him.

In a statement, Spanish football confirmed that Hierro declined to return to his previous position as their sports director instead opted to seek new horizons and undertake new professional challenges.

Hierro enjoyed a storied playing career that was primarily spent with Real Madrid, where he spent 14 years, having previously turned out for Valladolid.

He won five La Liga crowns and three Champions Leagues with the Bernabeu side before completing his playing days at Al Rayyan and Bolton.