Nations League: England player ratings vs Spain

England produced one of their best performances under Gareth Southgate as they sealed a surprise but yet comfortable 3-2 triumph over Spain in the Nations League. The victory witnessed an end to Spain’s 14-year home run without a competitive defeat whilst the Three Lions bagged their maiden away triumph against La Roja since 1987.

Player Ratings:

Jordan Pickford: The Everton ace made a crucial point-blank save to deny Marcos Alonso early on. He was later instrumental to two of England’s goals with his long-ball technique but was very lucky to escape a sending off after denying Rodrigo a goal scoring opportunity – 7/10

Kieran Trippier: The right-back was comfortable with the possession of the ball and he made several forward runs during the first period, though there was no resultant in the end – 7/10

Ben Chilwell: Starting only his second game for England, Chilwell appeared to have no issues dealing with the La Roja attack. He managed to prevent a number of crosses into the box but seemed to tire as the game went on – 7/10

Joe Gomez: The Liverpool ace had a strong performance at the heart of the defence where he made a number of key interceptions. He acted as the perfect deputy for John Stones, who missed the game through suspension – 7.5/10

Harry Maguire: Maguire has gone from strength-to-strength since making his England debut last year and like Gomez, he made numerous blocks from the central defensive department. The Englishman was unfortunately booked for a perfectly-timed challenge in the second half – 7.5/10

Harry Winks: The Spurs ace had a rather quiet game after replacing Jordan Henderson in the centre of the park. Still he had the positional awareness and discipline throughout the game – 6.5/10

Eric Dier: In the absence of Henderson, Dier lifted his game with a number of interceptions and his performance upped the notch after he was wrongly carded for a perfectly-timed challenge on Sergio Ramos – 7/10

Ross Barkley: Just like Winks, he did not make much of an impression on the attack front but stuck to the defensive job on the night. He provided a delectable clipped ball to Kane prior to Sterling’s second goal – 7/10

Raheem Sterling: Sterling managed to end his three-year goalless drought with a stellar brace in the first period. He was a constant threat on the counter-attack and proved a menace for La Roja’s backline – 8/10

Marcus Rashford: Southgate stuck with the Englishman despite him fluffing his lines against Croatia last week. Produced a strong showing with an assist and a goal. Later on, he made the effort to defend in key situations for the team – 8/10

Harry Kane: England’s leading marksman could not end his goal drought but he made his impact with assists for the second and third goal of the game. He had the better of Ramos with his physicality – 7.5/10


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