England vs Spain – as it happened: Visitors hold on for Nations League victory
England begin their Uefa Nations League campaign against Spain on Saturday night as Gareth Southgate’s side look to build on the momentum from their World Cup campaign, with the 2020 European Championship already on the horizon.
Southgate is already looking towards that tournament after bringing in new faces to his squad, with Luke Shaw and Alex McCarthy brought into the side, while Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill have retired from international football and both Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling have withdrawn due to injury.
The match is the first to take place in Group 4 of the Nations League, with Croatia making up the three-team line-up, but England do not face Croatia until next month. The group stage sees team play each other home and away, with the table-toppers going on to next June’s semi-finals and the nation who finishes bottom relegated to League B.
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80 mins: England 1 – 2 Spain
CHANCE! Spain look to have settled for a one goal advantage and have dropped off, Kane gets the ball in mid-field and sets Rashford clear on goal, the Manchester United striker gets through and strikes it straight at De Gea, England should be level
77 mins: England 1 – 2 Spain
Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard see some of the ball and create England’s first chance of the second half, they link up well on the edge of the area before Alli gives it to Rashford, he tries a shot from the edge of the area and it’s an easy save for De Gea
75 mins: England 1 – 2 Spain
Ramos makes a good tackle on Rashford but England have a throw in in Spain’s half, the visitiors press high though and force England back into their own half, England need to create a bit of zip here, their play is slow and they need to stretch the Spanish defenders
72 mins: England 1 – 2 Spain
During the World Cup, England’s intensity seemed to slack towards the back end of all their games, being a goal behind they can’t afford for that to happen tonight, they put together a series of decent passes but a Rashford pass to Trippier is too heavy and Spain have a throw in
60 mins: England 1 – 2 Spain
Spain have had the better of the second half so far, Thiago receives the ball on the right and he whips it into the box, Alonso gets in the end of it before giving it to Ramos who hits it first time as he flies into the box, it’s straight at Pickford who saves it easily
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What time does it start?
England vs Spain kicks off at 7.45pm on Saturday 8 September.
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football from 7.00pm.
England to win: 17/10
Spain to win: 9/5
(Odds provided by Betfair)
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