Spain boss Luis Enrique claimed it would have been normal to "kill" his players after their dismal first-half display against England.
Jordi Alba has yet to be called up to the Spain squad by Luis Enrique, much to the surprise of Sergio Ramos.
Gareth Southgate has won many admirers for his impact as England manager and Spain coach Luis Enrique is one of them.
Following a tumultuous World Cup campaign, Luis Enrique has steadied the ship with three wins on the spin.
Spain host England in the Nations League on Monday but Luis Enrique is giving nothing away regarding his team selection plans.
Wales were without star player Gareth Bale as they slipped to a 4-1 defeat at home to Spain in Thursday's friendly.
Despite last featuring for Spain in 2016, Atletico Madrid full-back Juanfran has no plans to retire from international football.
Luis Enrique believes emerging Atletico Madrid talent Rodri can be Spain's long-term successor to Sergio Busquets.
Luis Enrique has recalled midfielder Koke for Spain's friendly against Wales and Nations League encounter with England.
Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz represented Dominican Republic in a 2013 friendly and wants to switch allegiances to Spain.