Spain's Luis Enrique: Not initially picking Iago Aspas a 'mistake'

The Spain squad all huddle after training ahead of their game with Croatia on Tuesday

Croatia suffered the biggest defeat in their history as Spain thrashed them 6-0 in Tuesday's Nations League match at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero.

"We played a spectacular game and rounded off a brilliant week".

Spain now have six points in UEFA Nations League Group 4 after two games.

"It's a great challenge to play against Luka in the Spanish league and it's even better to play with him for our country", Rakitic said.

"The comparisons with the World Cup do not make sense, today we were very effective and everything went wonderfully well, they have had some chances, they have not done it effectively and we have played marvelously with very lovely goals".

It is 16 years since Madrid had six players in the Spain team as happened against Croatia while Barcelona, whose players were the mainstay of the Spain side during their recent golden period had just Sergio Busquets starting.

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Luis Enrique couldn't have asked for a much better start as coach of Spain's national team.

Although this was a night on which a new generation of worldwide stars were born, Sergio Ramos was not to be left out as the defender lost his marker from a corner to head home his fourth goal of the season on 57 minutes. Carvajal also provided the cross from which Saul headed the opener, giving Spain a huge injection of belief and rattling the visitors, who moments later conceded possession in midfield before Asensio smashed the loose ball home from long range.

Spain host World Cup runners-up Croatia in Elche on Tuesday and Aspas is poised to start again.

Belgium earned a comfortable win over Iceland thanks to a pair of goals by Romelu Lukaku and one from Eden Hazard.

After this game, Croatia will host England in their next Nations League match on Friday 12 October.

Marco Asensio scored once and set up four more in Luis Enrique's second match in charge, as the World Cup finalists were run ragged in Elche.

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