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Luis Enrique responds to accusations he is not picking Barcelona players for Spain

Mirror logo Mirror 12/09/2018 Liam Prenderville
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Luis Enrique has denied suggestions he is not picking Barcelona players for his Spain side.

La Roja thrashed World Cup finalists Croatia 6-0 on Tuesday night after a stunning performance.

Marco Asensio scored one, saw another strike rebound off the crossbar and go in off the goalkeeper and set up three second-half goals as La Roja took firm control of Group A4 of the UEFA Nations League .

After following up Saturday's win against England at Wembley, Spain are already closing in on a place in the final four.

Former Barcelona boss Enrique named a starting XI featuring six Real players in total and just one from his former team - midfielder Sergio Busquets.

a group of baseball players playing a football game © Credits: Getty Images Europe Luis Enrique looking at the camera © Credits: SIPA USA

But Enrique insisted he did not have any thoughts about a player's club when naming his side.

"I did not know or care," he said. "They belong to the Spanish national team, nothing more.

"They are not from one team or another. I only see a shirt, that of the national team."

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"The attitude of all the players has been very good," Enrique added.

"It is difficult to criticise anything in a match that saw such a high level of performance. I have nothing to object against, I liked almost everything I saw."

Croatia were showing five changes from the side that lost July's final to France in Russia, but player of the tournament Luka Modric was among the starters as his country suffered their biggest defeat - their previous worst result being a 5-1 loss to England at Wembley in 2009.

And it was one of Modric's club mates who stole the show, with Asensio scoring his first international goal and setting up Real team-mates Sergio Ramos and Isco as well as Valencia striker Rodrigo.

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul had given Spain a 23rd-minute lead - after Croatia right-back Sime Vrsaljko had been forced off through injury - before Asensio scored and then forced Lovre Kalinic's own goal in quick succession.

Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic told his national federation's website: "Of course this is the toughest moment in my coaching career, but that is life. We have to accept what has happened.

"Congratulations to Spain on a great game and a big win. It's not easy for us, but we have to pull out the lessons and go ahead. We will not sit and cry. Let's work.

"We played great in the first 20 minutes, we had three chances, we did what we agreed, but we did break down after Spain's goal."

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