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Tuesday, 15 November 2016
A Vauxhall Friendly International match

England 2 Spain 2 [1-0]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (GMT): 8.00pm.

Attendance: 83,716.

98 minutes 47:22 & 51:15 Spain kicked-off. Match Summary
England Squad
Spain Squad
[1-0]Adam Lallana 9 8:25
 just out of reach to Reina's left
(awarded - Reina fouled Vardy)
[2-0] Jamie Vardy 48 47:32
 6-yard diving header from Henderson's cross

[2-1] Ioga Aspas 89 88:46
8-yard curling shot in off the post
[2-2] Isco 90+6 95:02
chested and shot through Heaton's legs
Raheem Sterling 29 28:26
Theo Walcott 31 30:49
Danny Rose 40+2 46:11

Martinez 30 29:15
Iago Aspas
65 64:33
Dani Carvajal 75 74:52

Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle


Match Summary

Officials from Romania




Referee (black) - Ovidiu Alin Hategan
 36 (14 July 1980), Arad, FIFA-listed 2008.

Assistant Referees - Octavian Sovre, 43 (19 July 1973) and Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe, 40 (7 March 1976).

Fourth official - Paval Cristian Balaj, 45 (17 August 1971), Baia Mare, FIFA-listed 2003.

8 Goal Attempts 9
4 Attempts on Target 5
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
5 Corner Kicks Won 4
2 Offside Calls Against 2
17 Fouls Conceded 14
34% Possession 66%

England Team



FIFA (12 October 2016) 12th
EFO ranking Group 4
ELO rating 11th
Colours: The Nike 2016 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with light blue sleeves and ice blue collared trim/side stripe and white cuffs, white shorts with ice blue side trim, red socks.
Capt: Jordan Henderson, second captaincy Manager: Gareth Southgate, 46 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 24 September 2016.
Fourth match, W 2 - D 2 - L 0 - F 7 - A 2.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J., off 46th min. 29 19 April 1987 G Torino FC SpA, Italy,
on loan from Manchester City FC
68 44 GA
2 Clyne, Nathaniel E. 25 5 April 1991 RB Liverpool FC final app
14 0
3 Rose, Daniel L., off 79th min. 26 2 July 1990 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC 12 0
Rose cautioned in the first half injury time for Unsporting Behaviour for a lunge on Carvajal.
4 Dier, Eric J.E. 22 15 January 1994 RDM Tottenham Hotspur FC 15 2
5 Cahill, Gary J., off 46th min. 30 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 52 4
6 Stones, John 22 28 May 1994 CD Manchester City FC 15 0
7 Sterling, Raheem S., off 65th min. 21 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
RAM Manchester City FC 29 2
Sterling cautioned in the 29th min. for Unsporting Behaviour after his tackle caught Aduriz's shin, after the Spaniard had obstructed Rose.
8 Henderson, Jordan B. 26 17 June 1990 LDM Liverpool FC 32 0
9 Vardy, Jamie R., off 67th min. 29 11 January 1987 CF Leicester City FC 14 5
10 Lingard, Jesse E. 23 15 December 1992 LAM Manchester United FC 3 0
11 Lallana, Adam D., injured off 25th min. (24:25) 28 10 May 1988 AM Liverpool FC 29 3
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Spain 0
14 Walcott, Theo J., on 26th min. (25:29) for Lallana 27 16 March 1989 AM Arsenal FC final app
47 8
Walcott cautioned in the 31st min. for Unsporting Behaviour after he tripped up Azpilicueta on the touchline
16 Jagielka, Philip N., on 46th min. for Cahill 34 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC final app
40 3
13 Heaton, Thomas D., on 46th min. for Hart 30 15 April 1986 G Burnley FC 2 2 GA
scoreline: England 2 Spain 0
17 Townsend, Andros D., on 65th min. (64:56) for Sterling 25 16 July 1991 RM Crystal Palace FC final app
13 3
20 Rashford, Marcus, on 67th min. (66:50) for Vardy 19 31 October 1997 CF Manchester United FC 6 1
22 Cresswell, Aaron W., on 79th min. (78:40) for Rose 26 15 December 1989 LB West Ham United FC 1 0
result: England 2 Spain 2

unused substitutes:

12-Kyle Walker, 15-Daniel Sturridge, 18-Michael Keane, 19-Jack Wilshere,  21-Ryan Bertrand, 23-Jordan Pickford.

team notes:

Caretaker manager Gareth Southgate played against Spain during Euro '96.
Phil Jagielka's fortieth appearance makes him the most-capped Everton player.
4-2-3-1 Hart (Heaton) -
Clyne, Cahill
(Jagielka), Stones, Rose (Cresswell) -
Dier, Henderson -
(Townsend), Lallana (Walcott), Lingard -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.5 Appearances/Goals 25.7 1.3

Spain Team



FIFA (20 October 2016) 10th
EFO ranking Group Three
ELO rating 5th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red shadowed triangles v-necked jersey with yellow Adidas sidetrim and blue cuffs, royal blue shorts, navy socks with blue tops.
Capt: David Silva
Sergio Busquets, 64th min.
Manager: Julen Lopetegui Argote, 50 (28 August 1966), appointed 21 July 2016.
Sixth match, W 4 - D 2 - L 0 - F 19 - A 3.
Spain Lineup
23 Reina Paez, Jose Manuel 34 31 August 1982 G SSC Napoli SpA, Italy 34 0
2 Azpilicueta Tanco, César 27 28 August 1989 LB Chelsea FC, England 18 0
15 Carvajal Ramos, Daniel 24 11 January 1992 RB Real Madrid CF 9 0
Carvajal cautioned in the 75th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a scything foul on Danny Rose on the goalline outside the Spanish penalty area.
16 Martinez Berridi, Inigo 25 17 May 1991 CD Real Sociedad de Futbol SAD 4 0
Martinez cautioned in the 30th min for Unsporting Behaviour for pulling back at Walcott at his shoulder as he tried to sprint away.
5 Busquets Burgos, Sergio, off 78th min. 28 16 July 1988 DM FC Barcelona 94 2
6 Nacho 26 18 January 1990 DM/CD Real Madrid CF 7 0
13 Mata García, Juan M., off 46th min. 28 28 April 1988 RM Manchester United FC, England 41 10
21 Jimenez Silva, David J., off 64th min. 30 8 January 1986 LM Manchester City FC, England 109 28
9 Aduriz Zubeldia, Aritz, off 64th min. 35 11 February 1981 CF Athletic Club 11 2
10 do Nascimento, Thiago Alcântara, off 56th min. 25 11 April 1991
born in San Pietro Vernotico, Italy
LM FC Bayern München eV, Germany 18 0
11 Vitolo, off 46th min. 27 2 November 1989 RF Sevilla FC SAD 9 3
Spain Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Spain 0
19 Aspas Juncal, Iago, on 46th min. for Vitolo 27 1 August 1989 RF RC Celta De Vigo SAD 1 1
Iago Aspas cautioned in the 65th min. for Ungentlemanly Conduct after he pushed the assistant referee when he gave a throw to England.
8 Koke, on 46th min. for Mata 24 8 January 1992 RM Atlético de Madrid CF SAD 30 0
scoreline: England 2 Spain 0
17 Herrera Aguera, Ander, on 56th min. (55:30) for Thiago 27 14 August 1989 LM Manchester United FC, England 1 0
22 Isco, on 64th min. (63:16) for Silva 24 21 April 1992 LF Real Madrid CF 17 2
7 Morata Martin, Alvaro B., on 64th min. (63:26) for Aduriz 24 23 October 1992 CF Real Madrid CF 17 8
20 Nolito, on 78th min. (77:02) for Sergio 30 15 October 1986 F Manchester City FC, England 16 6
result: England 2 Spain 2

unused substitutes:

1-David de Gea, 3-Sergi Roberto, 4-Marc Bartra, 12-Sergio Asenjo, 14-Jose Callejon, 18-Ignacio Monreal.
(4-3-3 after 26 mins)
Reina -
Carvajal, Martinez, Azpilicueta -
(Koke), Busquets (Nolito), Thiago (Herrara) -
(Iago Aspas), Aduriz (Morata), Silva (Isco).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28.1 Appearances/Goals 32.2 4.1


    Match Report by Mike Payne

This was a good test for Gareth Southgate and his team in this, the last match of his four game tenure in temporary charge of England.  In the end he remained unbeaten and but for a cruel twist at the end, might even have gained an impressive victory.

Spain arrived at Wembley with some of their top stars unavailable, but nevertheless they had some fine players on show and straight away they dominated the early possession.  England set themselves up to frustrate and, when possible, pressure the Spaniards.  At least this time everyone was on it from the start for the home side and although goal chances were few and far between in the first seven minutes it was already an intriguing contest.  Then, a minute later, England scored.  Adam Lallana won possession down the right wing and looked up before threading a sublime pass into the path of Jamie Vardy.  Vardy's first touch wasn't that good but it took the ball away from the onrushing Pepe Reina in goal.  Reina's challenge brought Vardy down and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty.  Lallana coolly despatched the spot-kick confidently and England were in the ascendency.

Spain hit back quickly and Vitolo went close after some lovely football from the visitors.  They expertly kept possession at times, but as everyone knows, possession doesn't win football matches, it is goals that count and Spain's efforts on goal ranged from feeble to non-existent in the first half.

On 25 minutes England received a blow when Lallana had to go off with an injury of some sort, he walked off okay but it was obviously serious enough to end his match.  Theo Walcott replaced him but three minutes later England almost gave the ball away once too often, but Spain failed to capitalise.  A couple of bookings followed, with Raheem Sterling getting a yellow card for a foul and Inigo Martinez likewise for Spain.

England did some good pressing at times, when the opportunity arose, and it was obvious that Spain did not like being put under pressure.  Walcott had a shot but was then booked shortly afterwards, and then great interplay by England ended with Sterling's dangerous cross being cleared, but only just.  On 38 minutes more good play by England almost brings a second goal as Vardy narrowly failed to reach another Sterling cross.  Seeing Spain struggle at the back gave England plenty of encouragement.  At the other end Spain were struggling to find a way past some determined English defending in which Gary Cahill and John Stones stood out.

Danny Rose became the third English player booked before half-time and it was imperative that England continued with their high level of concentration as Spain slick passing had to be matched at all times by clever and watchful defending.  The half ended with England still comfortably holding their lead after a very hard-working display.  Led by their impressive captain Jordan Henderson, England definitely deserved their slender lead.

After Tom Heaton (for Joe Hart) and Phil Jagielka (for Cahill) came on as substitutes at the start of the second half England so nearly scored with their first attack after the change round.  Walcott burst through on a through pass but his shot was deflected wide by a desperate defensive lunge.  England were not to be denied though and on 48 minutes, following a great move, the ball found Henderson on the right.  He put over a fine cross and there was Vardy to quickly nip in front of a defender and power home a terrific diving header.  Spain were clearly rattled by the pressure on their back players and the goal deservedly punished them.

Two minutes later and it should have been 3-0.  Vardy put a fine pass through to Walcott and the Arsenal winger tried to place the ball to Reina's right.  The goalkeeper managed to get down well to palm the ball away but the ball eventually ran to Henderson.  Unfortunately the skipper screwed his shot wide of the far post.  It was a golden chance, especially for Walcott, and it should have been taken.

It took Spain 55 minutes to finally force a save from the England goalkeeper but Heaton easily handled David Silva's effort.  Spain did begin to offer more up front, especially after two substitutions.  Koke forced another, better save from Heaton before Sterling and Jesse Lingard combined to almost force a breakaway goal, before on 70 minutes Alvaro Morata forced another good save by Heaton.  Spain now had better options going forward but Gareth Southgate replied by sending on two more attackers in Marcus Rashford and Andros Townsend.  Both teams were now going for it.  There were chances at both ends and Aaron Cresswell came on for his debut in place of Rose.  Spain pressed but with Stones in commanding form England were holding out.  Finally, with 89 minutes on the clock, Spain pulled a goal back with a wonderful shot by substitute Iago Aspas.

For once England were caught short of players at the back and Aspas picked the ball up on the right, cut inside and curled a tremendous left-foot shot in off the far post.  It was the first goal conceded in Southgate's reign, but it was a good one that you sensed gave Spain a chance.  A groan went around the stadium when five minutes of added time was announced and another substitute, Isco, looked certain to equalise until Stones managed to deflect his shot for a corner.  But Isco was to get another chance with just seconds left.  A long ball forward cleared the head of Eric Dier and Isco brought the ball down and fired through Heaton's leg from a tight angle for a heartbreaking equaliser.

If you are honest you have to say that Spain deserved the draw, but the manner in which it came was very disappointing from an England point of view.  89 minutes gone and 2-0 up, they really should have seen it out safely.  However, Spain are one of the best teams in the world and never give up, but England can be proud of their efforts.  It was a very hard-working performance and if Walcott had converted that chance in the 50th minute then maybe, just maybe, Southgate would have had a famous win.  It remains to be seen if I will be reporting on the next England match with the same manager in charge.  I personally think he deserves the job, but then, what do I know?

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor