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De la Fuente hails Spain squad as world´s best after Italy win

Spain coach Luis de la Fuente believes he is working with the best group of players in world football after La Roja clinched their place in the Euro 2024 knockout rounds by beating Italy.

Spain were drawn into what many believed to be the toughest group at the tournament but have made light work of some difficult opponents, thrashing Croatia 3-0 before overcoming Italy 1-0 on Thursday.

They have clinched top spot in Group B with a game to spare, with Riccardo Calafiori’s own goal handing them their deserved victory over the reigning champions.

Spain fired off 20 shots to Italy’s four in Gelsenkirchen, also creating 1.9 expected goals (xG) to the Azzurri’s 0.18 and enjoying 57.2 per cent of the possession.

This is just the second time La Roja have started a European Championships tournament by winning their first two

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