England were 'world-class' in shock Uefa Nations League victory over Spain, admits Sergio Ramos

By On October 16, 2018

England were 'world-class' in shock Uefa Nations League victory over Spain, admits Sergio Ramos

Spain captain Sergio Ramos admitted that England produced a “world-class” performance to earn a shock 3-2 victory over Luis Enrique’s men in Seville.

Gareth Southgate's men stunned Spain in one of the most memorable England wins of modern times, and their first on Spanish turf since 1987.

Raheem Sterling scored two goals in the opening 45 minutes, having only netted twice in his previous 45 international appearances, with Marcus Rashford sweeping home in an extraordinary first half which Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos called a "disaster" ; for his side.

leftCreated with Sketch. rightCreated with Sketch. ShapeCreated with Sketch.Spain vs England â€" Nations League player ratings

1/22 Marcus Rashford - 8/10

Rashford took his goal really nicely and played a gorgeous pass for England’s opener, but it is for his workrate that he earns high marks. His pace really worries teams and there was a sense tonight that he was a little more comfortable tucked inside rather than on the wide extremes. Tireless and diligen t in his defensive work, Rashford never seemed to stop running and battling. Action Images via Reuters

2/22 Harry Kane - 8/10

He would have loved a goal but this was a magnificent performance from Kane. Dominated the Spanish defence with his physicality, Action Images via Reuters

3/22 Raheem Sterling - 7/10

Two very welcome goals to break his drought. The first was an excellent finish. Sterling was busy and a menace in behind that Spain struggled to deal with. AP

4/22 Ross Barkley - 7/10

Accomplished performance. Similarly to Winks showed his defensive steel and always looked forward when on the ball. Delectable clipped ball to Kane for Sterling’s second. Action Images via Reuters

5/22 Eric Dier - 7/10

Much-maligned in an England shirt, this was a good performance from Dier. His early clattering of Sergio Ramos was a bit of a tone-setter and seemed to almost lift England. Stout at the heart of midfield. Action Images via Reuters

6/22 Harry Winks - 6/10

Winks was very quiet, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. A player more for the game where England are dominant in possession, but his positional sense and discipline was strong throughout. Getty Images

7/22 Ben Chilwell - 6/10

A few nervy moments, but generally solid. Spain certainly didn’t exploit him at any point, and Chilwell stuck to his task well, blocking several attempted crosses. Kept going through the 90 minutes. Action Images via Reuters

8/22 Harry Maguire - 8/10 A few nervy moments, but generally solid. Spain certainly didn’t exploit him at any point, and Chilwell stuck to his task well, blocking several attempted crosses. Kept going through the 90 minutes. Getty Images

9/22 Joe Gomez - 7/10

Untroubled and unperturbed throughout the game. Gomez used the ball well and did all his defensive work effectively. Action Images via Reuters

10/22 Kieran Trippier - 7/10

The Tottenham full-back ran himself virtually into the ground before being replaced. Asensio g ot no joy against Trippier. An impressive defensive performance, even if he had little chance to get forward. Getty Images

11/22 Jordan Pickford - 6/10

His well-directed long balls were influential in both the first and second goals. Very, very fortunate not to concede a penalty for his pulling back of Rodrigo after messing about in his own area. Tidy generally, and similarly to De Gea had very little to do saves-wise. Action Images via Reuters

12/22 Marco Asensio - 5/10

Asensio was probably Spain’s most disappointing player, his largely e xcellent set-pieces aside. He earns a slight rating jump for that, but otherwise was wasteful and lacked drive. Getty Images

13/22 Rodrigo - 5/10

Rodrigo should have had a penalty, but otherwise a quiet game. Maguire and Gomez handled him rather easily. AFP/Getty Images

14/22 Iago Aspas - 5/10

Aspas was relatively lively, but didn’t look a natural fit on the right wing. Substituted for the more impressive Paco Alcacer. Getty Images

15/22 Saul - 5/10

Kept possession well, but similarly to his midfield cohorts Saul did little to influence outside of the middle of the park. Replaced by Dani Ceballos as Spain chased an unlikely comeback, and Ceballos looked to provide more. Getty Images

16/22 Sergio Busquets - 6/10

As ever the tall midfield pivot was very accomplished in possession, but little else from Busquets. Getty Images

17/22 Thiago - 6/10

Plenty of fl ashy touches and some lovely bits and pieces from Thiago, but the midfielder failed to produce the incisive pass Spain need to break down England’s well-structured defence. Getty Images

18/22 Marcos Alonso - 5/10

Raheem Sterling had plenty of joy down the forward-minded full-back’s channel and looked a threat in behind every time England had the ball at times. Alonso did offer a useful outlet going forward, but the ability in the final third typical of the Chelsea man’s game was not apparent. AFP/Getty Images

19/22 Sergio Ramos - 6/10

Failed to effectively organise the Spanish defence’s high line, and Kane bullied both he and Nacho aerially at times. Ramos kept fighting until the death, however, and deserves kudos for lifting his side in the second half. He took his consolation goal well. Getty Images

20/22 Nacho - 5/10

Harry Kane made Nacho’s life difficult throughout and the Real Madrid defender was part of a disjointed defence exploited badly by England for the three goals. Action Images via Reuters

21/22 Jonny - 5/10

Jonny struggled with Marcus Rashford’s pace relatively frequently during the game. He was probably the weakest Spanish player on the ball and provided little of quality when pressing forward. PA

22/22 David De Gea - 6/10

No saves from the Manchester United goalkeeper on the night as England scored from each of their shots on target. De Gea could do little about the goals, but did give the ball away carelessly a couple of times early on. Nothing of real note, however. AP

1/22 Marcus Rashford - 8/10

Rashford took his goal really nicely and played a gorgeous pass for England’s opener, but it is for his workrate that he earns high marks. His pace really worries teams and there was a sense tonight that he was a little more comfortable tucked inside rather than on the wide extremes. Tireless and diligent in his defensive work, Rashford never seemed to stop running and battling. Action Images via Reuters

2/22 Harry Kane - 8/10

He would have loved a goal but this was a magnificent performance from Kane. Dominated the Spanish defence with his physicality, Action Images via Reuters

3/22 Raheem Sterling - 7/10

Two very welcome goals to break his drought. The first was an excellent finish. Sterling was busy and a menace in behind that Spain struggled to deal with. AP

4/22 Ross Barkley - 7/10

Accomplished performance. Similarly to Winks showed his defensive steel and always looked forward when on the ball. Delectable clipped ball to Kane for Sterling’s second. Action Images via Reuters

5/22 Eric Dier - 7/10

Much-maligned in an England shirt, this was a good performance from Dier. His early clattering of Sergio Ramos was a bit of a tone -setter and seemed to almost lift England. Stout at the heart of midfield. Action Images via Reuters

6/22 Harry Winks - 6/10

Winks was very quiet, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. A player more for the game where England are dominant in possession, but his positional sense and discipline was strong throughout. Getty Images

7/22 Ben Chilwell - 6/10

A few nervy moments, but generally solid. Spain certainly didn’t exploit him at any point, and Chilwell stuck to his task well, blocking several attempted crosses. Kept going through the 90 minutes. Action Images via Reuters

8/22 Harry Maguire - 8/10

A few nervy moments, but generally solid. Spain certainly didn’t exploit him at any point, and Chilwell stuck to his task well, blocking several attempted crosses. Kept going through the 90 minutes. Getty Images

9/22 Joe Gomez - 7/10

Untroubled and unperturbed throughout the game. Gomez used the ball well and did all his defensive work effectively. Action Images via Reuters

10/22 Kieran Trippier - 7/10

The Tottenham full-back ran himself virtually into the ground before being replaced. Asensio got no joy against Trippier. An impressive defensive performance, even if he had little chance to get forward. Getty Images

11/22 Jordan Pickford - 6/10

His well-directed long balls were influential in both the first and second goals. Very, very fortunate not to concede a penalty for his pulling back of Rodrigo after messing about in his own area. Tidy generally, and similarly to De Gea had very little to do saves-wise. Action Ima ges via Reuters

12/22 Marco Asensio - 5/10

Asensio was probably Spain’s most disappointing player, his largely excellent set-pieces aside. He earns a slight rating jump for that, but otherwise was wasteful and lacked drive. Getty Images

13/22 Rodrigo - 5/10

Rodrigo should have had a penalty, but otherwise a quiet game. Maguire and Gomez handled him rather easily. AFP/Getty Images

14/22 Iago Aspas - 5/10

Aspas was relatively lively, but didn’t look a natural fit on the right wing. Substituted for the more impressive Paco Alcacer. Getty Images

15/22 Saul - 5/10

Kept possession well, but similarly to his midfield cohorts Saul did little to influence outside of the middle of the park. Replaced by Dani Ceballos as Spain chased an unlikely comeback, and Ceballos looked to provide more. Getty Images

16/22 Sergio Busquets - 6/10

As ever the tall midfield pivot was very accomplished in possession, but little else from Busquets. Getty Images

17/22 Thiago - 6/10

Plenty of flashy touches and some lovely bits and pieces from Thiago, but the midfielder failed to produce the incisive pass Spain need to break down England’s well-structured defence. Getty Images

18/22 Marcos Alonso - 5/10

Raheem Sterling had plenty of joy down the forward-minded full-back’s channel and looked a threat in behind every time England had the ball at times. Alonso did offer a useful outlet going forward, but the ability in the final third typical of the Chelsea man’s game was not apparent. AFP/Getty Images

19/22 Sergio Ramos - 6/10

Failed to effectively organise the Spanish defence’s high line, and Kane bullied both he and Nacho aerially at times. Ramos kept fighting until the death, however, and deserves kudos for lifting his side in the second half. He took his consolation goal well. Getty Images

20/22 Nacho - 5/10

Harry Kane made Nacho’s life difficult throughout and the Real Madrid defender was part of a disjointed defence exploited badly by England for the three g oals. Action Images via Reuters

21/22 Jonny - 5/10

Jonny struggled with Marcus Rashford’s pace relatively frequently during the game. He was probably the weakest Spanish player on the ball and provided little of quality when pressing forward. PA

22/22 David De Gea - 6/10

No saves from the Manchester United goalkeeper on the night as England scored from each of their shots on target. De Gea could do little about the goals, but did give the ball away carelessly a couple of times early on. Nothing of real note, however. AP

Spain were much improved after the break and responded with goals from Paco Alcacer and Ramos, who was encouraged by his team's riposte.

“The beautiful thing about football is that it gives you an opportunity to turn things around,” Ramos was quoted as saying by L'Equipe following Spain's first competitive defeat on home soil since 2003.

“England are world-class opponents with some very dangerous players. We had to forget the first half and turn it around in the time it took them to go 3-0 up.

“It's a shame we couldn't answer them. It didn't go as planned.”

Eric Dier's 11th-minute challenge on Ramos set the tone for England's performance (Getty)

Ramos' Real Madrid team-mate Dani Ceballos came on as a second-half substitute and set up one of Spain's goals, but their late rally was not enough to ruin England’s night.

“The first half was a bit of a disaster and it left us in a bad position,” he told Marca. “The coach asked us to be ourse lves, as we have been in previous matches, but we couldn't.”

Making his first England appearance for more than two years, Ross Barkley was one of the visitors’ most impressive performers, playing an excellent through pass to set up the third goal.

Barkley has shown signs of taking his career to the next level at Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri this season, and teammate Marcos Alonso believes the 24-year-old can be exactly what England were missing at the World Cup last summer â€" even as they made an historic run to the semi-finals.

Alonso feels England do not have another midfielder with Barkley's quality on the ball. “Even at the World Cup England, despite playing well, were aware that they didn't really have that kind of player, someone in the middle who played and made others play, who used the ball,” he said.

“He's a great player. He showed it not just today but against Croatia [last Friday] too: he showed that he can be a great player. I hope he keeps improving and helps us at Chelsea to stay near the top.”

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Source: Google News Spain | Netizen 24 Spain

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