Manager Zlatko Dalic and his team of World Cup finalists could sit back on Saturday evening and watch their League A Group 4 rivals go head-to-head at Wembley.
The six zero scoreline at the full time whistle revealed a very rare statistic, and clearly showed the attacking prowess of Spain - all the six goals were scored by different players, including an own goal from the Croatian goalkeeper, Kalinic.
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This defeat was Croatia's worst defeat in their worldwide history, and came as a shock to the footballing world, just after their recent brilliant performance at the World Cup.
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. He was unable to cope with the pace of Asensio or Rodrigo, was pulled out of position far too often and lost Ramos at a corner for Spain's fifth.
Maybe rotations will allow him to squeeze them both into the same side but when the important games come around and there are no rotations, one of Isco or Asensio must sit on the bench, something which for them and supporters will be hard to understand.
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Ten minutes later Marco Asensio made it 2-nil with a powerful shot.
In other Uefa Nations League games, England edged Switzerland 1-0, Belgium beat Iceland 3-0, and Poland and Ireland played out a 1-1 draw. Yet despite missing one of their main playmakers, there was no lack of creativity in the side.
In contrast the Belgians poured forward, with Thomas Meunier hitting the foot of the post midway through the second half, and Lukaku blazing a late shot over the bar before steering the ball past Halldorsson to complete the rout.
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