England take on Spain at Wembley on Saturday in their first Nations League game.
Gareth Southgate’s side are on a high after a relatively successful World Cup in Russia over the summer.
Spain, on the other hand, are on less of a peak after a slightly premature exit from the tournament. With new manager Luis Enrique taking charge of his first ‘competitive’ game, the Spaniards will be looking to make a statement start to his reign.
Who would make a combined XI from both current international squads, though? With Raheem Sterling, Diego Costa and Jordi Alba all absent, we’ve picked our starting side (in a 4-3-3 formation).
GK: David de Gea
David de Gea has proved he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and at present, is much better than anything England have available to them. Easy choice.
RB: Kyle Walker
After moving to Man City, Kyle Walker has continued to improve under Pep Guardiola. He’s England’s first choice right-back when playing four at the back and he’s our pick for the spot.
CB: Sergio Ramos
You can’t not have Sergio Ramos in your team, right? One of the most experienced defenders in the world, he’s got to start at the back.
CB: John Stones
John Stones stepped up in Russia, performing to the ability we all know he has. His ball playing talent allows attacks to start from defence and we want him in next to Ramos.
LB: Marcos Alonso
Marcos Alonso has slowly but surely been creeping into contention for being the best left-back in the Premier League. Under Maurizio Sarri, he’s started the season in superb form.
CM: Sergio Busquets
Busquets is the main man in the middle for Spain and Barcelona. Not many better in this position – if any. He has to start.
Saul has been excellent for Atletico Madrid so far this season and has earned his place in our side. Adds a lot to the midfield.
CM: Dele Alli
Dele Alli had a good World Cup and has started the new Premier League campaign well for Spurs. Will give this team some nous going forward.
A wonderful footballer, Isco has to be in this side. His close control, dribbling ability and link-up play is almost unparalleled. Will play on the right.
LW: Marco Asensio
Very much a rising star in the Spain squad, the Real Madrid man gets in on our left ahead of the missing Raheem Sterling.
ST: Harry Kane
The best striker on offer from both squads. Kane had a fruitful World Cup and has started in the same manner for Spurs this season. Will lead the line.
From the remaining players available, our bench would include: Jordan Pickford, Cesar Azpilicueta, Harry Maguire, Thiago, Daniel Ceballos, Marcus Rashford and Alvaro Morata.