Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was jeered by fans as Spain qualified for next summer’s World Cup with a comfortable 3-0 home win over Albania.

Pique said before the game he would not be driven out of the national team by fans opposed to his public support for the Catalonia independence referendum.

Jeers rang out from Spain fans each time the 30-year-old touched the ball in Alicante.

Goals by Rodrigo, Isco and Thiago sent Spain through with one match to spare.

The result means Italy, who drew 1-1 with Macedonia, will have to qualify for Russia via the play-offs.

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