How did England's players rate?

England v Spain

England conceded two late goals as Gareth Southgate’s final match as interim manager ended in a 2-2 friendly draw against Spain in a Wembley friendly.

BBC Sport’s chief football writer Phil McNulty assesses England’s display as they brought the curtain down on 2016.

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Joe Hart (goalkeeper) 6

Very well protected in his 45 minutes. He had little to do.

Nathaniel Clyne (right-back) 7

Maybe not enough to oust Kyle Walker as England’s first-choice right-back but very capable.

Gary Cahill (central defence) 6

Relatively untroubled first half before being substituted.

John Stones (central defence) 6

Still takes too many risks – one first-half pass put England and Eric Dier in trouble. Needs to tighten up against the top teams.

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Danny Rose (left-back) 7

Growing as an international defender. Good display.

Eric Dier (defensive midfield) 6

Decent defensive shield. Played his part in helping England control most of this game.

Jordan Henderson (central midfield) 7

Led by example as captain and delivered a superb cross to set up Vardy’s goal.

Jesse Lingard (right winger) 7

Showed promise with some good running. A work in progress but good signs.

Raheem Sterling (left winger) 7

Excellent 65 minutes. Lively, pacy and linked well with Lingard.

Adam Lallana (forward) 7

Excellent for 25 minutes until he picked up an injury.

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Jamie Vardy (striker) 8

Got away with a shocking early tackle on Cesar Azpilicueta but after that showed last season’s Leicester City form and scored an excellent diving header.


Theo Walcott (for Lallana 25 minutes) 5

Odd moments but very little impact and should have scored to make it 3-0.

Tom Heaton (for Hart 45 minutes) 6

Looked very good until Spain’s late rally. Could do nothing about Iago Aspas’s goal but Isco’s equaliser sneaked through his legs at the near post.

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Phil Jagielka (for Cahill 45 minutes) 6

Solid – but why not give Burnley’s Michael Keane 45 minutes?

Andros Townsend (for Sterling 65 minutes) 5

Couple of decent crosses.

Marcus Rashford (for Vardy 67 minutes) 5

Very quiet performance.

Aaron Cresswell (for Rose 79 minutes) 5

Tough introduction as Spain came to life.

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