07 September 2020 02:42
Fati scored on his first ever start for Spain (Picture: Getty Images) Spain boss Luis Enrique has hailed Ansu Fati's self-confidence after the Barcelona starlet became his country's youngest ever scorer at the age of 17 years and 311 days. The winger has enjoyed a dramatic rise to the top after graduating from Barca's infamous La Masia academy at the beginning of last season. Fati became the Catalan club's youngest scorer in La Liga, as well as the youngest goalscorer in Champions League history in a fine debut campaign. The teenager has now carried on his incredible form at international level, and on his first ever start for his country, curled in a brilliant goal in Spain's 4-0 demolition of Ukraine in the Nations League. Advertisement Speaking after the match, Enrique was full of praise for the modest youngster.
'When we choose the squad we do not look at his age,' Enrique said. 'That does not mean that we do not have to understand that Ansu Fati will play bad games and will make mistakes many times. It is part of his learning, but that self-confidence is not normal. Enrique showed his faith in the teenager (Picture: Getty Images) 'Ansu Fati is very happy and has reasons. He is only 17 years old and has to mature, but that in his second game with the national team he dares to do all this.
'He brings hard work and humility. He has trained at an impressive pace and I am glad that he goes home with this joy. 'At his age it is easy for these highs to go to your head, but he is mature enough to know that the path he is following is the best. He is very calm and humble.' Fati now has two caps after making his debut for Spain in the 1-1 draw with Germany on Thursday, and admitted he has been made to feel at home by his international team-mates. 'It gives me pride to work with Luis [Enrique] and the players who are here,' Fati said after the game. 'From the first day I've been welcomed with open arms and all the confidence in the world. 'Now I've to keep working as always with humility and everything will come.' MORE: Barcelona force Luis Suarez to train alone as he nears Juventus move MORE: Barcelona want former Man Utd flop Memphis Depay to replace Luis Suarez Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram For more stories like this, check our sport page Spain captain Sergio Ramos scored the opening goal with a penalty in the third minute after Fati had earned the spot-kick and the defender also doubled his side's advantage by heading home in the 29th minute. Ramos's double moved him on to 23 goals for Spain, overtaking former Argentina player Daniel Passarella as the highest scoring defender for an international team. Ansu Fati celebrates after he became Spain's youngest scorer aged 17 years and 311 days Fati found the net with a superb strike as the Barcelona youngster scored in the 32nd minute Sergio Ramos celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game against Ukraine Yet the night belonged to Fati, who finally got a goal worthy of his inspirational performance by firing in off the post from outside the area in the 33rd minute, having gone close with an overhead kick and another effort earlier on. Substitute Ferran Torres, 20, struck on the volley in the 84th minute also to get his first goal for his country and round off a superb evening for a new generation of players as defenders Eric Garcia and Sergio Reguilon made their debuts. Ramos scored his second goal in the 29th minute with an emphatic header in Madrid The defender had put Spain ahead after just three minutes as he scored from the penalty spot New Manchester City signing Ferran Torres celebrates after scoring his first Spain goal 'I congratulated Ansu, he's a very young player who gives us that freshness and desire which we need. It's great to have a new injection of youth and we're very happy to have players like him,' said Ramos of his teenaged team mate. 'But it's not just him, it's all the players that proved themselves today, this is their moment and we hope they reach the top level. 'We absolutely deserved this result, we kept the ball well, we were solid in defence and were aggressive, pressing them all over the pitch and winning all the battles on the pitch.' The victory took Spain top of League A Group 4 with four points from two games.