Victory over Spain another landmark moment for England, says Gareth Southgate

By On October 16, 2018

Victory over Spain another landmark moment for England, says Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate believes England’s thrilling 3-2 win away to Spain represents yet another barrier broken for this young team, but cautioned against comparing it to the 5-1 away to Germany in 2001 â€" because of what happened afterwards.

The victory in Seville was a rare away win against a big nation since that famous night in Munich 17 years ago, and the manager stressed the importance of such “references” and positive experiences.

His England have already made a virtue of banishing the country’s recent football ghosts, having finally won a penalty shoot-out and ma de it to a semi-final for the first time in 20 years during Russia 2018.

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 ins ide 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 Images via Reuters

12/22 Marco Asensio - 5/10

Asensio was p robably 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. Ge tty 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< /h2> 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 R amos - 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 Ste rling - 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 Images 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 go ing 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 dis jointed 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

That World Cup was still missing a truly convincing attacking performance as well as a competitive victory against a top side, and Southgate felt Seville was especially relevant for how it brought both.

“I think it’s a great reference point for them,” he said. “They progressed through a lot of barriers in the summer. First knock-out win in a decade. First penalty shoot-out win. The next barriers were, OK, we’ve got to start knocking these top teams down.

“I think especially for young p layers it’s important you have real positive experiences. You can go into a team as a youngster and suffer defeats and suffer difficult nights and that becomes a bit of a reference for you. So it’s important they feel that firstly they can play against the top teams, that they can enjoy their football, that they can enjoy on the back of the summer enjoyable experiences with England.

“We’ve won matches like this in the past, but maybe not played quite in the same style as the team did tonight. There are young ones coming through who will see that and see what we’re trying to do.”

It was the adventurous manner of the performance and how they challenged a vaunted op position side that brought the comparisons with Germany 2001, but Southgate offered an important caveat: it mattered little at the 2002 World Cup, as England never quite built on it.

“The problem with that is Germany went on the World Cup final and we did not get that far, did we? I was just focusing on the game. I get the reference and it is difficult for the players to fully understand what they have done because Spain have had such a run without losing and had real momentum with the new coach. He is top and the way they play is absolutely top. Our organisation and the way the players worked without the ball and their compactness, cutting off the angles to prevent the passes was really excellent.

“We won’t get carried away because we weren’t perfect tonight. We let two really poor g oals so there are areas we could get better and we could have scored more if some of our decision-making had been a little bit crisper. There is always room for improvement but tonight they should really enjoy it because it is a special night for them.”

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Source: Google News Spain | Netizen 24 Spain

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