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  Saturday, 8 September 2018
League of Nations League A Group four match

England 1 Spain 2 [1-2]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (BST): 7.46pm.
Attendance: 81,392

England kicked-off 100½ minutes 45:00 & 55:26. Match Summary
England Squad
Spain Squad
[1-0] Marcus Rashford 11 10:11
7-yard strike from a Shaw sublime pass

[1-1] Saúl 13 12:11
powered past Pickford from 8-yards
[1-2] Rodrigo 32 31:23
tapped Thiago's free-kick at near post
Jordan Henderson 18 17:40
Luke Shaw 41 40:58
John Stones 66 65:01
Danny Rose 90+4 93:02

Daniel Carvajal 83 82:30

Commentator: Martin Tyler with Gary Neville

Match Summary

Officials from Netherlands



Referee (black) Danny Desmond Makkelie
 35 (28 January 1983), Willemstad, Curaçao, FIFA-listed 2011.
Assistant Referees - Mario Diks
and Hessel Steegstra
Fourth official - Rov van de Ven

Additional Assistant Referees - Kevin Blom
and Kamphius Jochem

Prior to the match, Gareth Southgate awarded captain Harry Kane with his Golden Boot for being the World Cup Finals top goalscorer.
11 Goal Attempts 11
6 Attempts on Target 4
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
4 Corner Kicks Won 1
3 Offside Calls Against 3
15 Fouls Conceded 9
45% Possession 55%

England Team



FIFA (16 August 2018) 6th
EFO ranking Group One
ELO rating =10th to =12th
Colours: The Nike 2018 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with red trim on collar, dark blue shorts, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane (twelfth captaincy) Manager: Gareth Southgate, 48 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 24 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
26th match, W 13 - D 7 - L 6 - F 40 - A 21.
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 24 7 March 1994 G Everton FC 11 11 GA
2 Trippier, Kieran J. 27 19 September 1990 RWB Tottenham Hotspur FC 14 1
3 Shaw, Luke P.H., injured 46:30, off 52:38. 23 12 July 1995 LWB Manchester United FC final app
8 0
Shaw cautioned in the 41st min. for a foul, after he tripped Carvajal with a late sliding tackle.
4 Gomez, Joseph D. 21 23 May 1997 LD Liverpool FC 4 0
5 Stones, John 24 28 May 1994 CD Manchester City FC 34 2
Stones cautioned in the 66th min. for a foul, after he cleanly tackles the ball from Rodrigo outside the penalty area.
6 Maguire, J. Harry 25 5 March 1993 RD Leicester City FC 13 1
7 Lingard, Jesse E. 25 15 December 1992 LM Manchester United FC 19 2
8 Henderson, Jordan B., off 64th min. 28 17 June 1990 RM Liverpool FC 45 0
Henderson cautioned in the 18th min. for a foul, after he had brought down Marcos Alonso just inside the England half.
9 Kane, Harry E. 25 28 July 1993 LF Tottenham Hotspur FC 31 19
10 Rashford, Marcus, off 90th+4 min. 20 31 October 1997 RF Manchester United FC 26 4
11 Alli, Bamidele J. 22 11 April 1996 CM Tottenham Hotspur FC 31 3
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Spain 2
15 Rose, Daniel L., on 53rd min. (52:38)  for Shaw 28 2 July 1990 LWB Tottenham Hotspur FC 24 0
Rose cautioned in the 93rd min. for a foul, after a cynical trip on Daniel Carvajal on the touchline.
17 Dier, Eric J.E., on 64th min. (63:19) for Henderson 24 15 January 1994 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 33 3
20 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., on 90th+4 min (93:05) for Rashford 27 26 November 1990 RF Arsenal FC 41 16
result: England 1 Spain 2

unused substitutes:

12-Kyle Walker, 13-Jack Butland, 14-Trent Alexander-Arnold, 16-James Tarkowski, 18-Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 19-Fabian Delph, 21-Alex McCarthy, 22-Marcus Bettinelli.


Statistically speaking, Southgate now has the worst managerial record after 26 matches.
This is England's first competitive home defeat since Croatia in November 2007.
England have also lost three matches in a row for first time since June 1988.
Manager Gareth Southgate played against Spain during Euro '96, when Luis Enrique was on the bench.
3-5-2 Pickford -
Maguire, Stones, Gomez -
Trippier, Henderson
(Dier), Alli, Lingard, Shaw (Rose) -
(Welbeck), Kane

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.0 Appearances/Goals 21.5 2.8

Spain Team



FIFA (16 August 2018) 9th
EFO ranking
Group 3
ELO rating
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red jerseys with v-necked collars, yellow, blue and red diamond right-sided graphic, yellow Adidas trim on shoulders, white shorts with yellow/red Adidas side trim, black socks with red/yellow Adidas trim.
Capt: Sergio Ramos Coach: Luis Enrique Martínez García, 48 (8 May 1970), appointed 9 July 2018,
first match, W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 2 - A 1.
Spain Lineup
1 de Gea Quintana, David 27 7 November 1990 G Manchester United FC, England 34 0
2 Carvajal Ramos, Daniel 26 11 January 1992 RB Real Madrid CF 19 0
Carvajal cautioned in the 83rd min. for a foul, after he constantly committed fouls.
15 Ramos Garcia, Sergio 32 30 March 1986 CD Real Madrid CF 157 13
4 Nacho 28 18 January 1990 CD Real Madrid CF 20 1
5 Busquets Burgos, Sergio 30 16 July 1988 CM FC Barcelona 108 2
12 Alonso Mendoza, Marcos, off 87th min. 27 28 December 1990 LB Chelsea FC, England 2 0
17 Aspas Juncal, Iago, off 68th min. 31 1 August 1987 LF RC Celta de Vigo SAD 14 6
8 Ñíguez Esclápez, Saúl 23 21 November 1994 LM Club Atlético de Madrid SAD 11 1
9 Machado, Rodrigo Moreno 27 6 March 1991
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
CF Valencia CF SAD 10 3
10 do Nascimento, Thiago Alcântara, off 80th min. 27 11 April 1991
San Pietro Vernotico, Italy
RM FC Bayern München eV, Germany 32 2
22 Isco 26 21 April 1992 RF Real Madrid CF 33 11
Spain Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Spain 2
20 Asensio Willemsen, Marco, on 68th min. (67:53) for Aspas 22 21 January 1996 LF Real Madrid CF 16 0
19 Roberto Carnicer, Sergi, on 80th min. (79:08) for Thiago 26 7 February 1992 LM FC Barcelona 4 1
6 Martínez Berridi, Iñigo, on 87th min. (86:55) for Alonso 27 17 May 1991 LB Athletic Club 7 0
result: England 1 Spain 2

unused substitutes:

3-Raúl Albiol, 7-Alvaro Morata, 11-Suso, 13-Kepa Arrizabalaga, 14-César Azpilcueta, 16-Rodri, 18-José Luis Gayà, 21-Daniel Ceballos, 23-Pau López.

team notes:

Sergio Ramos is by far, the most experienced player to face England.
New manager Luis Enrique was on the bench for Spain against England and Gareth Southgate in Euro '96. He did start the friendly defeat in February 2001.
4-3-3 de Gea -
Carvajal, Nacho, Ramos, Alonso
(Martínez) -
Saúl, Busquets, Thiago
(Roberto) -
Isco, Rodrigo, Aspas

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.6 Appearances/Goals 40.0 3.4


    Match Report by Mike Payne

England began their challenge for the newly arranged European Nations League with a home game against a Spanish side that had struggled during the World Cup in Russia through the summer.  England had had a good tournament in many ways, although the team had lost their previous two games and they didn’t really want to lose three in a row.  Spain came with a new manager and plenty of talent, and that was to test England to the full.

The match began at a high tempo and England started well.  After just eleven minutes play they took a deserved lead, and what a fine goal it was.  Harry Kane picked the ball up inside his own half and sprayed a delightful pass out to the left.  Luke Shaw was galloping down the wing and hit a superb crossfield pass into the penalty area towards his Manchester United colleague Marcus Rashford.  The young forward didn’t hesitate and fired a fine goal past another United teammate David de Gea.  It was an excellent goal, well worked, and the crowd were buzzing.  However, the excitement lasted barely two minutes, and in that moment the game was probably won and lost.

Spain attacked down the right and this time Shaw was at fault as he dived in too early as Daniel Carvajal skipped past him and down the wing before passing to Machado Rodrigo.  He pulled the ball back and there was Niguez Saul to blast the ball past Jordan Pickford.  Harry Maguire’s desperate lunge couldn’t stop the player scoring and it was so infuriating that England conceded so quickly after going ahead.  The goal led to a period of dominance from Spain who were quickly showing that they had more than recovered from their miserable World Cup.  In Thiago Alcantara they had the game’s best midfield player and he controlled proceedings for a while.  The pressure from the visitors grew and on the half hour they completed the turnaround by taking the lead.

Kieran Trippier gave away a needless free-kick wide on the left, and when the ball was whipped into the penalty area by Thiago the England defenders stood like statues as Rodrigo nipped in to score with ease.  It was a very poor goal to concede from England’s point of view and this is something that is increasingly happening, giving away sloppy goals.

To be fair, England then hit back and a few minutes later Rashford headed what seemed a certain equaliser from Jesse Lingard’s cross, only for de Gea to produce a wonder save to claw the ball away from goal.  It was a magnificent save but if you want to be ultra-critical, then it has to be said that Rashford should have buried the golden chance.

The game continued with the high intensity from both sides but there were few clear opportunities in the remaining time before the break and Spain’s lead was still intact as the half-time whistle sounded.

The game was set for a rousing second-half, but sadly that didn’t happen, and it was largely down to a sickening incident two minutes after the restart.  Shaw and Carvajal went for the same ball and collided leaving Shaw out cold.  The medics all rushed on and the crowd fell silent as it looked a very serious injury to the full-back.  Shaw had six minutes of treatment before being stretchered off and the player has certainly had his fair share of injuries over recent years, especially when with the England team.  Understandably the players from both sides were visibly shaken by the incident and that was reflected in much of the remainder of the half.

England never really threatened and Spain, so comfortable in possession, strolled through the next half-hour without any alarms.  It wasn’t until the 80th minute that England created another worthwhile goal attempt.  Once again Rashford was the man on the spot, and he really should have given de Gea no chance to save as he burst through on goal.  Once more though, he fired too close to the keeper and de Gea was able to save with his leg.

I’m not sure if it is me, but when England play we never seem to have the rub of the green in too many games.  A last gasp chance to equalise just about summed up what I’m saying.

The ball was lobbed into the middle where substitute Danny Welbeck was looking to make a challenge.  Two Spanish defenders held him off, some say unfairly, as de Gea came to collect the high ball.  As the goalkeeper clattered into Welbeck he dropped the ball.  Welbeck reacted quickly and turned the loose ball over the line for what seemed a late equalising goal.  It seemed a perfectly good goal too, there was no foul by Welbeck, and everyone in the stadium saw it as a legitimate goal, except for the one man that mattered, the referee!  He gave the non-existent foul and the goal was ruled out.  I have never been a fan of those extra officials behind the goals, and this was a perfect excuse to get rid of them once and for all.  That official behind de Gea’s goal was standing not three feet away from the incident, so how he saw a foul only he could tell us.

Overall Spain probably just about deserved the points, although it could be argued that England could and should have had a draw.  Some players are still not firing on all cylinders after the long summer, and there was definitely an element of early season rustiness.  Having said that, there were some positives to take from the game, although these silly defensive errors must be banished, especially against teams as good as Spain were.  Their new manager was delighted by their all-round performance.  Gareth Southgate, conversely, will have lots to ponder before the next few games.

Source Notes

BBC Sport

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor