With the exceptions of Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic, Real Madrid internationals have returned to Valdebebas as winners from their World Cup qualifiers.
First and foremost, Isco, who produced a couple of impressive performances, scored three goals in total, against Italy and Lichtenstein.
La Roja plundered a combined 11 goals in these matches and although Lucas Vasquez didn’t feature, Sergio Ramos enjoyed 135 minutes, followed by Dani Carvajal (90), Marco Asensio (78) and Nacho with 45.
Meanwhile, Dani Ceballos and Borja Mayoral shone for Spain under-21, leading their team to two consecutive wins against Italy (3-0) and Estonia (2-0).
Los Blancos superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, assisted his team’s efforts by scoring a hat-trick against the Faroe Islands, although he didn’t manage a goal in his team’s 1-0 win against Hungary.
Gareth Bale, Wales’ central character, played in both his national squad’s victories against Austria (1-0) and Moldova (2-0).
The worst results were obtained by the Croats, as Modric and Kovacic returned from the break with a win against Kosovo (1-0) and a defeat against Turkey.
South American players also returned undefeated, with Keylor Navas’ Costa Rica beating the USA (2-0) and drawing with Mexico (1-1).
Marcelo and Casemiro featured in only one of Brazil’s two games, a 2-0 win against Ecuador, and were subsequently rested for the match against Colombia as their national team have already progressed to the World Cup.
Last but not least, Los Blancos academy prodigy, Achraf Hakimi, secured a position in Morocco’s starting line-up, serving his team for 90 minutes in both of their two encounters.