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Real Madrid midfielder Xabi: Spain lacked hunger, we were poorly prepared

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso admits Spain's World Cup failure is due to a lack of "hunger".

It is the first time the reigning champions have been knocked out of the World Cup after just two matches.

"A very unexpected failure. We have failed to keep that hunger. Probably the rate of success has reached it's level," said Xabi.

"We did not expect to leave at this point. Worth knowing how to take it, as with the joys. It really hurts my pride, but you have to know how to lose.

"Have failed to keep that hunger, that ambition. We were not prepared mentally and physically..."

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