Spain manager Julen Lopetegui has praised England after last night’s display against his side in the 2-2 draw, ESPN have reported.
Their plans were working better than ours. We could see they were utilising the space we were leaving for them and things weren’t easy. The penalty was a really good example of that. They were better than us at the start.
It was an enthralling encounter between two very good, footballing sides but the outcome saw both sides share the honours despite a largely dominant performance from England.
Adam Lallana buried a penalty in the opening ten minutes to make it 1-0 to England at Wembley, before Jamie Vardy extended the deficit for Spain as he netted England’s second with an excellent diving header to power beyond Pepe Reina’s reach.
However, a second-half fightback came upon England late in the second-half and two goals in the last six minutes managed to clinch a draw for Lopetegui’s men.
We tried to match that intensity but throughout that first 45 minutes, England were much more intense than ourselves. They really showed their virtues and what’s good about the English game in that half.
Iago Aspas came on to score a sublime goal in the 89th minute upon his international debut for Spain, before Isco tucked away a 95th minute equaliser beyond Tom Heaton.
To pull a draw out of the fire was great; it showed we never gave up. We came away from a difficult fixture with the draw.
Neither side could come away with a victory but it was certainly a promising occasion for England.
Southgate’s already working very, very well. You can see his team: it’s fast, has quality, a good mentality, and is good tactically. I hope for the best for him and the England team.