England sealed one of their most memorable wins in recent history as they secured 3-2 triumph over Spain on the road on Monday night. The Three Lions had gone into the Nations League game without celebrating a victory on La Roja soil in over three decades but they managed to put this unwanted record aside with a surprise but yet comfortable triumph in Seville.
Two things we learned:
Marcus Rashford redeems himself: Prior to this game, Rashford had scored two goals from three matches for the Three Lions but he had to opportunity to easily double the tally with the straightforward chances he was presented with. As such, there were suggestions that he may be dropped to the bench for the Spain clash but Gareth Southgate continued to place the trust in his ability. This certainly seemed to have brought the best from the youngster, who provided a brilliantly judged pass for Raheem Sterling’s opener before bagging his very own goal. Hopefully, he can build upon the performance with a consistent run at club level with United which has been apparently lacking over the past year.
Raheem Sterling ends a three-year scoring drought: Sterling has not been quite able to replicate his Manchester City form with the national team and this provided a sense of frustration for the faithful during the World Cup where he failed to find the net on a single occasion. Despite this, Southgate maintained his trust of Sterling, who had gone 27 games without scoring for England and it eventually paid dividends with him ending the drought with a brace. Sterling opened the scoring with a smashing shot which David de Gea could do nothing about before slotting his second and England’s third goal on the night from close range. Sterling’s starting position with the Three Lions has often been questioned but the showing in Seville should silence the critics for the meantime.
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