England will face Spain in the UEFA Nations League this evening, looking for a first victory over the Spaniards since 2011.
Since that 1-0 win at Wembley, which came thanks to a goal from Frank Lampard, England have conceded two goals in each game they played against Spain, something which they’ll be hoping to prevent this evening.
Ahead of tonight’s big game, we’ve taken a look back at the England side that defeated Spain in 2011 to see where they are now.
The last England side to beat Spain - where are they now?
Having fallen out of favour at Manchester City, Joe spent a season on loan at Torino before returning to England to join West Ham for the 2017/18 campaign. However, his form dipped dramatically, which led to him being dropped by England. He is now at Burnley, where he’s looked somewhere near his best once again.
The versatile full-back left Liverpool to join Stoke City on a free transfer in 2015. After three years with the Potters, he was released and he is still without a club.
The 36-year-old is still at Everton, playing regularly in the Premier League. However, his England days look almost certainly behind him as Gareth Southgate has not considered him for selection.
Lescott won a couple of Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup with Manchester City. He had a couple of unsuccessful stints at Aston Villa and Sunderland before hanging up his boots. He currently works as a loanee player liaison agent for Man City.
Ashley Cole won pretty much everything there was to win whilst at Chelsea, and he established himself as one of the best left-backs in the world. He went on to reach 107 caps for England before he announced his retirement from international football after being omitted from the squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He is now playing in the MLS for the LA Galaxy.
Phil Jones played in midfield in this game, but he’s gone on to establish himself as a central defender. He is still playing regularly for Manchester United and is still part of Southgate’s plans with England.
Parker had just joined Tottenham Hotspur when this game was played, and he was at the peak of his career. He spent two seasons with Spurs before moving to Fulham, for whom he played for four seasons before he retired. He is now a coach at Craven Cottage.
Frank Lampard (C)
Lampard was on the scoresheet that evening, scoring a header to give his team a 1-0 win. The Chelsea legend retired in 2016 after becoming the London club’s all-time top scorer. He is now manager of Championship side Derby County.
England’s utility man played as a left winger in this game. He played for England for a further five years before he called it a day after England’s shock exit to Iceland to focus on his club career. He’s still a key player for Liverpool and is the club’s vice-captain.
Theo Walcott stayed at Arsenal for a total of 12 years, before leaving to join Everton in January 2018. He’s had a good start to his career with the Toffees and is hoping to get back into the England squad, having not won a cap since 2016.
Shortly after this game, Darren Bent made a £24m move from Sunderland to Aston Villa. He made an impact early on, helping Villa stay up, but things soon went south and he found himself being shipped out on three different loans. He eventually left to join Derby County on a permanent deal. He is now without a club after being released by the Rams.
(Sub) Stewart Downing
Stewart Downing had only recently joined Liverpool when this game was played. Despite a Man of the Match performance in a League Cup final win, things never really worked out for Downing at Anfield. He went on to have a decent spell with West Ham before he moved back to Middlesbrough, for whom he still plays.
(Sub) Jack Rodwell
Jack Rodwell came on for his England debut in this game, but he would only win a further two caps as a combination of injuries and lack of playing time took its toll on his career. Rodwell made a move to Man City in 2012 but hardly got a kick of the ball in his two years, before he joined Sunderland. He is now at Blackburn Rovers.
(Sub) Gareth Barry
Barry broke the record for most appearances in the Premier League era in 2017. He was part of the Man City side that won the FA Cup in 2011 and Premier League in 2012. He is currently under contract at Championship side West Brom.
(Sub) Danny Welbeck
Welbeck left Man United to join Arsenal in 2014 but he’s struggled with injuries over the last few years. However, despite not being a regular at club level, he is still very much part of the England set-up.
(Sub) Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson is currently in prison after he was sentenced to six years behind bars for grooming and sexual activity with a girl aged 15.
(Sub) Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker made his England debut in this game, coming on as a late substitute. Since then, he has made a big money move to Manchester City and has established himself as one of the best right-backs in the world.
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