Koke hails Spain's spirit

Koke hails Spain's spirit
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Spain midfielder Koke hails the squad's togetherness after their 5-1 hammering by the Netherlands on Friday.

Spain midfielder Koke has claimed that the 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands in their World Cup opener has left them "more united than ever".

The world and European champions were humbled by Oranje in their first game last week, but the Atletico Madrid star has said that the result has brought the whole squad together.

He told AS: "We didn't leave things as we wanted but the group is strong, more united than ever and looking forward to our next game.

"Chile will be a tough opponent but if we match their intensity that and play like we know we can, that will be key.

"This team is going to give everything and has given their all before. We will continue to fight for the goal of winning the World Cup, because we are hungry and because this team deserves to give everything."

La Roja face Chile in their next Group B fixture on Wednesday.

Atletico Madrid's midfielder Koke celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on March 2, 2014
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