For England’s media, the 3-2 win in Seville was one of the biggest evenings of football. Spain’s team boss Luis Enrique went to court with his players.
Seville – With their impressive 3-0 half-time lead, England’s footballers in Seville were the main reason for the sensation on Nations-League Monday. The final 3-2 win over the Spaniards, who have been playing hard lately, made the British media rave, and coach Gareth Southgate sees an important step forward for the Three Lions.
The return journey for some England professionals took a little longer than planned. Due to bad weather conditions, the plane was diverted to Manchester. But after a successful evening in Seville, the mood could not be dampened. “Tonight, the players took the next step,” Southgate praised after the success. “Glorious evening for Southgate and the young England in Spain”, wrote the newspaper “Telegraph” on Tuesday.
Southgate: “Will not take off”
“We’re not going to take off now,” the coach assured. As usual, he was the voice of reason, “but the victory will give them (my players) a lot of confidence”. In the first half, his young team, whose average age was 23 years, had temporarily overrun the Spaniards and also acted extremely cold-blooded in front of the goal. The break was 3-0.
“The well-known criticism that they are failing against high-calibre opponents is no longer true,” wrote the newspaper Guardian. It was Raheem Sterling, of all people, who had not scored for England for three years or 27 games, who opened the match and even scored twice in Seville (16th/38th minute). “I put a lot of pressure on myself,” admitted the Manchester City attacker later, “it’s my job to score goals. That means a lot to me.” In addition, Marcus Rashford (29) of Manchester United was successful, England captain Harry Kane contributed two fine templates.
Raheem Sterling Honours
- Premier League: 2017–18
- Football League Cup: 2015–16
- FIFA World Cup fourth place: 2018
- Liverpool Young Player of the Year Award: 2013–14, 2014–15
- Golden Boy: 2014
- UEFA Champions League Team of the Group Stage: 2015–16
- Premier League Player of the Month: August 2016
Drastic words from Enrique
For the tabloid “The Sun” the English victory over the Spaniards is “one of the biggest evenings and shows that the World Cup was not just a dream”. The loser was coach Luis Enrique drastically. “Normally I would have had to kill them all,” the coach said after the final whistle with gallows humour about his team, which only entered the game after the break. The goals scored by Paco Alcacer (58th) and Sergio Ramos (97th) came too late. In between, they were unlucky with a missed penalty.
In Spain some media had already raved about the return to the absolute world top before the match – also because of the 6-0 victory over Croatia. The fall after the first home defeat since 2003 was all the harder: “Arrogance can also be fatal,” the sports newspaper “AS” headlined in its cause study. Like a symbol of the fast-paced nature of modern football, the page was one of “sport”. “The magic is gone”, was already a big read there again. NextCasino players are welcomed with bonus.