Gareth Southgate’s final match in temporary charge of England ended in frustration as Spain came from two goals down with just a few minutes to go to rescue a 2-2 draw at Wembley Stadium.
The Three Lions took an early lead when the Adam Lallana crossed brilliantly for striker Jamie Vardy, although his first touch took home away from goal. Nonetheless, goalkeeper Pepe Reina upended the Leicester City forward, allowing Lallana to slot home the resulting spot-kick.
England were bright for much of the first-half, and got a second three minutes into the second when captain Jordan Henderson superbly crossed towards Vardy, whose diving header rocketed past the helpless Reina.
The hosts went close to sealing the win when substitute Theo Walcott was denied by Reina, and Spain used their reprieve to their advantage when Liverpool flop Iago Aspas brilliantly slotted home past the despairing reach of Tom Heaton in the last minute of normal time.
Just as it looked like England were going to hang on for a decent win, Real Madrid’s Isco popped up to fire home past Heaton in the sixth minute of added time to deny Southgate what would have been a third win in four games.
Nonetheless, England’s display against the Spanish was bright and energetic, and it leaves Southgate as the heavy favourite to take over the reins permanently.
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