England played their first international match since their impressive World Cup run over the summer in Russia which saw them reach the semi-finals.
Gareth Southgate’s men had the tough task of taking on 2010 world champions Spain at Wembley in their opening match of the UEFA Nations League.
England took an early lead but were pegged back almost immediately by Spain, who got going once they levelled the scores. They took the lead before half-time and came out in the second half brimming with confidence.
Spain were deserved winners in the end but had a scare as England netted in stoppage time, only for the referee to rule it out for a foul. If England had taken their chances then the outcome could have been very different.
The last time both nations met at Wembley ended in a 2-2 draw and the home fans were treated to another entertaining encounter.
Here how we’ve rated all the players from today’s encounter.
England 1-2 Spain: Player Ratings
Jordan Pickford - 5
Pickford got a hand on Spain’s first goal but couldn’t push it out due to the power on the shot. The Everton shot-stopper was composed as usual on the ball and wasn’t really called into action.
Joe Gomez - 5
Gomez did reasonably well on his return to the England team. Did the simple things well but was troubled by Spain’s movement up front.
John Stones - 4
Stones is normally reliable on the ball, but he made a few stray passes when under pressure. Found it difficult to handle the movement of Rodrigo and Aspas. Was unlucky to be booked just after the hour mark for what looked like a great challenge.
Harry Maguire - 5
Maguire was comfortable in possession but mostly looked to pass sideways or backwards. As always, he was a danger from set-pieces but Spain’s pressing bothered the Leicester City man.
Kieran Trippier - 3
Trippier hardly had a chance to get up the right wing as England were pegged back for a majority of the match.
Luke Shaw - 6
Shaw was a constant threat for England on the left flank and played a delightful ball into the box to assist England’s first goal. Made a rash challenge on Carvajal to get a booking in the first half and his return to the national side was cut short as he was forced off early in the second half with a nasty head injury.
Jordan Henderson -3
Not the best 60-minute outing for the Liverpool man. Normally he’s very tidy in possession but played a few sloppy passes in the first half and also picked up a yellow card early on.
Jesse Lingard -3
Got in between the lines well but didn’t cause Spain many problems. Almost let the game pass him by.
Dele Alli - 2
Alli had the right ideas but just couldn’t get the execution right, proven by one through ball for Kane being over hit. Overall, he didn’t have enough of an impact on the match.
Marcus Rashford - 8
Rashford scored one but would have had more if it wasn’t for his club teammate David De Gea. Went clean through late in the match but hit the ball straight at De Gea. He was a nuisance for the Spain backline and proved why he deserved to start.
Harry Kane -5
Kane dropped deep to get on the ball and get his teammates involved. He did well to release Shaw down the left side for England’s first goal. He was presented with his World Cup Golden Boot award prior to the match but hardly had a sniff at goal all evening.
Danny Rose (Sub) - 5
Rose managed to get up the left side well and found some joy on that side just as Shaw did before him. Was assured on and off the ball. Picked up a booking in stoppage time.
Eric Dier (Sub) - 4
Dier came on and kept things ticking over for England. Passed well but didn’t really look for a defence-splitting pass.
Danny Welbeck (Sub) - NA
Welbeck came on in stoppage time at the end of the second half and thought he grabbed the equaliser, only for his strike to be ruled out for a foul on De Gea. Unlucky for the Arsenal forward.
David De Gea - 7
De Gea made a sensational save from a point-blank header by Rashford to preserve Spain’s lead in the first half. He saved again from Rashford late in the second half. Top class reactions from the Manchester United keeper.
Dani Carvajal - 6
Carvajal got past Shaw well in the build-up to Spain’s equaliser. Kept getting up the right side to push England back and as usual, was full of energy.
Nacho Fernandez -5
A relatively easy night for Nacho. Was helpless to defend England’s first goal because of Shaw’s sensational pass.
Sergio Ramos - 5
Ramos was met with a chorus of boos everytime he touched the ball but had a pretty comfortable night at the back.
Marcos Alonso - 6
An impressive showing from the Chelsea left-back. Got up the left side well and didn’t allow Trippier to have any joy for England on that side. Jordi Alba will have a difficult time getting back into the left-back spot.
Thiago Alcantara - 8
Thiago was typically composed on the ball. He was controlling the match and assisted Spain’s second goal with a beautifully delivered free-kick. A very impressive 80 minute showing from the Bayern Munich midfielder.
Sergio Busquets -5
A typical Sergio Busquets performance. Kept things ticking over nicely and allowed the players in front of him to express themselves.
Saul Niguez - 7
The Atletico Madrid midfielder finished well to equalise for Spain almost immediately after Rashford’s opener. There’s no more Andres Iniesta for Spain and Saul proved why he is the ideal replacement.
Isco - 3
A pretty quiet night for the Real Madrid playmaker. Did the simple things well but nothing spectacular to note.
Iago Aspas -4
The former Liverpool man played on the right side but was drifting along the frontline all evening. His movement was causing problems for England at the back. Showed high levels of energy and linked well with Rodrigo.
Rodrigo - 9
Rodrigo set up the first and scored the second for Spain. His clever movement had England worried all evening. He performed well in the absence of Diego Costa and gave the side a different dimension.
Marco Asensio (Sub) -3
Asensio hardly got a touch of the ball after coming on towards the end of the match.
Sergi Roberto (Sub) - 2
Roberto was sent on just to see out the victory for Spain and he did just that.
Inigo Martinez (Sub) - NA
Martinez was a very late sub and probably didn’t even manage to get warm.
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