Ivan Rakitic said that Andres Iniesta's omission from Spain's team against Russia made him feel like he was "playing another sport".
After announcing he will retire from international football following World Cup elimination, Andres Iniesta says it was not an easy call.
After Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup, Spain captain Sergio Ramos said instability affected the side.
Andres Iniesta has confirmed that he will retire from international football following Spain's World Cup elimination at the hands of Russia.
Spain's penalty shoot-out defeat to Russia in the round of 16 saw them added to the list of sides who have suffered a World Cup upset.
Fernando Hierro and Stanislav Cherchesov both made surprising decisions in their starting XIs as Spain took on Russia in Moscow.
Andres Iniesta's performances at the World Cup have caught the eye of Diego Maradona, who says he plays like he is dressed for a night out.
Ivan Rakitic believes Luka Modric is Croatia's greatest ever player and spoke warmly of the Real Madrid star and Andres Iniesta.
Spain's hero in the 2010 World Cup final was Andres Iniesta and the midfield great is gunning for glory once more, Sergio Busquets says.