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Aragones Won't Quit Despite Poor Spain Form

After another disappointment at the 2006 World Cup and two consecutive defeats in Euro 2008 qualifying, it's the same old story of underachievement for Spain. And yet, somehow, the same man has presided over the country's World Cup failure and now, its Euro qualifying debacle. Spain coach Luis Aragones hasn't been fired and he says he still has no intention of quitting following successive defeats away to Northern Ireland and Sweden. "He has told us he feels stronger and more sure of his ideas the more criticism he receives, and that he is going to see this out," Spain striker Fernando Torres told a news conference on Monday. "Everyone is responsible for what has happened and the blame should be shared equally between the coach, the players and the management," he added. The losses leave Spain fifth in Group F with three points from three games. On Wednesday, the Iberian nation plays Argentina in an international friendly in Murcia. The game against Argentina could provide a key confidence boost for the under-performing Spaniards. "The Argentina game is important as it gives us the chance to prove we are a major force," said Liverpool forward Luis Garcia. "If we win, it will show we are capable of living up to expectations."

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