Formerly regarded to as the perennial underachiever, the dominance between 2008 and 2012 silenced their critics.

Despite winning three major trophies in four years, the Spanish national team failed to go past the first round at the 2014 FIFA world cup which is the highlight of their recent decline.

Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso retired after world cup as well as David Villa and Carles Puyol and it seems the team has long been depleted.

However, Vicente Del Bosque’s plan of returning the team back to the glorious years seems to be fruitless with their latest Euro 2016 qualifiers away in Slovakia.

The recent defeat sums up the pressure on the Spanish national team especially when they lack a firing striker at the moment.

Despite ringing changes all across the team, many will question the involvement of Iker Casillas and Diego Costa in the team.

Iker Casillas has recently had a decline in form proven by numerous mistakes made by the experienced Real Madrid goalkeeper in recent times.

                                                                                            Slovakia, Spain, Euro 2016

Diego Costa however, have been in a fantastic run of form for Chelsea scoring 9 times in 7 English Premier League matches but he is still searching for his first national team goal.

The striker who indirectly replaced David Villa has failed to find the back of the net in his first six appearances for the national team making him the first striker to reach such a horrible haul.

Del Bosque may have to visit Jose Mourinho and Diego Simeone to get his striker firing as soon as possible.

The managers’ bias attitude towards captains of the team does cost many of them at times; the same reason why Casillas is still manning the post for Spain despite his recent awful displays.

There have been recent calls for Iker Casillas to be dropped and replaced by Manchester United goalkeeper; David De Gea who many believe deserves an opportunity.

In any case, there are no high profile strikers to put in place of Diego Costa, although, Francisco Alcacer has been scoring of late, the likes of Fernando Torres, Roberto Soldado and Llorente can’t not be depended on due to their lack of consistency.

This raise a big question as to whether the steam in the Spanish national team is running dry but it wise to see what Del Bosque has in stock in bringing up the new set of Spanish giants.

Spain rode the intelligent play of Barcelona and Real Madrid during their four years trophy packed moment.

Probably the latest recruit of foreign stars into the league and the selling of Spanish players out of Liga BBVA are proving a negative result for the country.

This may not go on for long and more problems are expected to crop up if the country is further divided later.