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Sterling & Rashford Inspire 3-2 England Win Against Spain

First-half goals from Marcus Rashford and two from Raheem Sterling inspired England to a 3-2 victory against Spain in their Nations League game.

The first goal started with a long ball from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to Marcus Rashford, who then picked out Sterling on the shoulder of the last defender.

The Manchester City forward then ran through on goal and smashed the ball past David De Gea into the top corner.

Rashford then went on to add another for Southgate’s men twelve minutes later, with another counter-attacking move starting from Pickford. Some fantastic hold-up play from Harry Kane allowed Rashford to make a run beyond him and guide a well-controlled low shot past De Gea.

For England’s third, a chipped through ball from Ross Barkley found Harry Kane, whose low cross made it almost impossible for Sterling to miss at the back post.

Spain pulled one back in the second half after the introduction of Paco Alcácer, who is in fantastic form for Borussia Dortmund.

Spain were then denied a penalty after Jordan Pickford appeared to pull back Rodrigo. Pickford would have been sent off in the foul was awarded, and the Spain players and management team were furious.

Marcos Alonso hit the woodwork in the last minute before Ramos brought the game back to 3-2 in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

It was too little too late for Spain however, who paid a heavy price for their defensive fragility in the first-half.

The pace of England’s forwards allowed them to get in behind Spain’s defence time and time again. Sterling, Rashford and Kane were able to capitalize and showed good composure in the final third to get England off to a flying start.

Sterling has been criticised recently for not replicating his performances for Manchester City in an England shirt and not scoring enough goals.

The 23-year-old scored 18 Premier League goals and got 11 assists last season for Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking Manchester City side.

Sterling failed to replicate this form for England and failed to score at the World Cup as Southgate’s men advanced to the semi-finals.

Sterling had not scored for England since 2015 before tonight, but a brace in such a big game is sure to give him a bit of confidence.

Rashford has also been criticised for not scoring enough goals recently, missing two clear-cut chances in the 0-0 draw against Croatia that was played behind closed doors.

England brought on Kyle Walker and switched to three at-the-back to whether the Spanish storm and survived some late pressure to hold out for the win.

It was Spain’s first loss at home in a competitive game in 15 years, and a huge statement from Southgate’s men.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.