Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Southgate lauds 'tremendous' attackers after famous Spain win

Southgate lauds 'tremendous' attackers after famous Spain win

England's game against Spain on Monday has been declared high risk, with a bigger security team drafted in to oversee the UEFA Nations League fixture at the Benito Villamarin than for a Seville derby.

Luis Enrique's side were a different prospect in the second half and kept threatening Pickford's goal, with Marco Asensio smashing wide and Alonso heading against the bar just before Ramos struck, but England hung on to claim a first win away to Spain since a Gary Lineker-inspired 4-2 victory in 1987.

Raheem Sterling gave England the lead against the run of play in the 16th minute by finishing off a swift counter-attack and Marcus Rashford fired into the top corner for the second on the half-hour after a superb pass from captain Harry Kane.

Since then, the Three Lions have held Croatia to a goalless draw and edged out Spain 3-2 on the road - ending their 15-year run without a competitive defeat on home soil.

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson missed the game due to the yellow card he picked up against Croatia but opted to stay with the England team instead of making a premature return to Merseyside.

Around 3,000 fans have travelled to the southern Spanish city for the match, which has an 8:45 p.m. CET kickoff.

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Germany had chances to grab a leveller after the break, with substitute Leroy Sane steering a glorious opportunity wide. Low's Germany , who won the World Cup in 2014, have only one point from their opening two Nations League matches.

Spain suffered its first loss in a competitive match at home since 2003 against Greece.

Despite England's win, Spain remain top of Group A4 having won their first two games.

Former Preston North End skipper John Welsh might just have had a hand in England's win over Spain on Tuesday night.

Raheem Sterling scored his first goals for England since October 2015 vs Estonia - 1102 days ago. "I put a lot of pressure on myself to try to get in the box and score. I'm delighted and now we have to keep building".

Rashford added to the lead in the 30th after a ideal through ball by Kane, entering the area and finishing with a shot from near the penalty spot.

Spain got on the board in the 58th through a header by substitute striker Alcacer, who has 10 goals in his last six games with club and country.

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