Athenea del Castillo said Spain were “emptied” in their 3-2 Nations League defeat of Sweden after a tough month of fighting for respect and better conditions following their World Cup final victory.

“The team was emptied, we gave our all and luckily we were able to achieve that victory,” said Del Castillo, who was one of two of Spain’s World Cup winners not to sign the statement supported by 39 players that listed their demands and said they would be stepping back from selection for the national team until they were met, only for 23 of those to be called up anyway.

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