Sterling shines as England defeat Spain

Sterling shines as England defeat Spain

He also calls England captain Harry Kane's first-half performance "a sheer masterclass" but did credit Spain with "taking the game to England" after the break.

Spain could have been three up before England scored the first goal on 16 minutes.

Gareth Southgate praised his young side's bravery and urged them to use the startling victory against Spain as a reference point for future progress as England kept alive their hopes of claiming their Nations League group.

'Sterling, Kane, they've been awesome in this first half.

Days on from their boring 0-0 draw with Croatia in Rijeka, Gareth Southgate's side established a 3-0 lead in the first half of the game in Seville, Raheem Sterling scoring twice either side of a goal for Marcus Rashford.

"If you can get out of their initial press quickly, then we are a threat on the counter". "I'll have to be on my A game to keep a clean sheet for the team". "I put a lot of pressure on myself to try to get in the box and score". This helps with the ability to be able to talk to other players who come into the squad. But you can't punish a player's honesty. It was La Roja's first home loss in 15 years, and the first against England on home soil since 1987. The reality of course as well is that in Russia, England lost to Belgium (twice), lost to Croatia, got a lucky win against Tunisia and hammered a hopeless Panama team, their only really convincing win against a decent team was Sweden, relying on hanging on against Colombia before edging it on penalties.

The 10 goals accrued against Croatia and Wales were scored by seven different players, with Pickford admitting he will need a good night at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.

"We arrived late pressing, the first goal killed us".

Despite the loss, Spain stayed ahead in Group 4 of the top-tier League A with two more points than England after three matches. Rashford sent a nice ball into space for Sterling, who entered the area with only the goalkeeper to beat and found the top of the net with a superb finish.