Gareth Southgate: Beating Spain can be England’s reference point


Spain coach Luis Enrique admits he was pleased with himself at halftime for controlling his temper as England jumped to a 3-0 lead last night. "As a team, to play the way they did, [this will be a] great reference point for them for the future".

Below is our breakdown of the game.

Kane controls before looking up and picking out Rashford, below, on the left-hand side.

The hosts were stunned and struggled to deal with the effervescent English, who would score again before the break, with Sterling netting his second of the game after a superb ball from Ross Barkley found Harry Kane in the box. It was La Roja's first home loss in 15 years, and the first against England on home soil since 1987.

'That's why tonight is a massive result for Gareth Southgate and how courageous he was.

England's Raheem Sterling scores their third goal against Spain in the Uefa Nations League match at Seville, Spain.

England opened the scoring early in a fast breakaway.

Substitutes: Morata (6), Alcácer (8), Ceballos (6.5).

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"The front three, even Harry Kane without a goal have been outstanding".

Coming on as a sub for Saul Niguez in the second half, it only took him a minute to find the back of the net for Spain as he glanced a header past Pickford off of a corner with impeccable precision. And he's sure to prompt consideration for a starting role very soon. Unlike their showing against Croatia last week, Southgate's troops appeared very confident and moved the ball with objective.

Southgate, who feels the win will bode his young squad well for future challenges, was particularly happy with the contribution of his front three, Sterling (who ended a 27-game wait for an worldwide goal), Rashford and Harry Kane. It was a good second half, though.

Southgate would have much preferred it if his side had kept the clean sheet but he must be absolutely overjoyed to overcome the Spanish side in their own backyard.

The Real Madrid defender lamented "gifting the first half [to England] with mistakes which we were made to pay with by goals".

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

"Now we have another chance against Croatia".