Gareth Southgate urges players to be proud of Spain performance

Gareth Southgate urges players to be proud of Spain performance

Raheem Sterling ended his three-year scoring drought for England in their stunning win in Spain.

Spain suffered their first loss in a competitive match at home since 2003 against Greece. Spain are top after winning the corresponding fixture at Wembley last month, while Croatia are bottom of the group with one point.

The hosts were stunned and struggled to deal with the effervescent English, who would score again before the break, with Sterling netting his second of the game after a superb ball from Ross Barkley found Harry Kane in the box.

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson missed the game due to the yellow card he picked up against Croatia but opted to stay with the England team instead of making a premature return to Merseyside.

Robbie Savage praised Harry Kane's exquisite assist for England's second goal in their win over Spain.

In what was a totally one-sided first-half, Sterling scored his second on the night as England went into the break 3-0 up.

"We've shown an energy this week, really good defensive organisation in our pressing, and belief and quality on the ball: the other night [in the goalless draw with Croatia] on a hard pitch, and tonight against a good opponent and the pressure of a vocal home crowd". "We came out of the blocks firing, great pressing".

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Two-time Premier League Golden Boot victor Kane has been linked with a move to European champions Madrid in recent years. Spain totalled 25 attempts and 70 percent of possession, and blew it.

"It was a attractive feeling", Sterling said.

"It's not for me to take any credit", the England boss said of Sterling. "I'll have to be on my A game to keep a clean sheet for the team".

Kane controls before looking up and picking out Rashford, below, on the left-hand side.

"We knew today, the way that Spain press, you have to get the first couple of passes out of that press spot on".

Spain got on the board in the 58th through a header by substitute striker Alcacer, who has 10 goals in his last six games with club and country.

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