England vs. Spain: Nations League – Match Preview

England’s first match since their 2018 World Cup Semi-Final exit is a home tie with Spain in the newly formed Nations League.

England surpassed all expectations by reaching the World Cup Semi-Final, with the highlight a penalty shoot-out win over Colombia.

Gareth Southgate has retained the majority of the squad that finished fourth in Russia.

Spain suffered an embarrassing World Cup, exiting at the round of 16, losing on penalties to the hosts Russia.

The former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has been named the nations new head coach.

Match history
Spain have a very good recent record against England, winning four of the last six meetings.

The last fixture was a 2-2 draw at Wembley in 2016, with Spain scoring twice late on.

Last five international meetings
England 2 Spain 2 – 15/11/16
Spain 2 England 0 – 13/11/15
England 1 Spain 0 – 12/11/11
Spain 2 England 0 – 11/02/09
England 0 Spain 1 – 07/02/07

Under 2.5 goals – 17/25 with Betfair

Team news
Raheem Sterling and Ashley Young are the only two probable omissions from Southgate’s favoured World Cup side.

Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw are favourites to replace the pair.

Diego Costa has withdrawn from the Spain squad due to personal reasons.

Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and David Silva retired after the 2018 World Cup, whilst Jordi Alba has been left out.

Expected starting XI’s
England (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dele, Henderson, Lingard, Shaw; Kane, Rashford
Spain (4-3-3): De Gea; Carvajal, Nacho, Ramos, Alonso; Saul, Busquets, Thiago; Asensio, Morata, Isco

Predictions

Result: Draw (21/10 with Sky Bet)

Correct Score: 1-1 (5/1 with Bet 365)

Anytime Goalscorer: Isco (10/3 with Betfair)

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