Sterling shines as England beat Spain in Nations League

Raheem Sterling England 2018

However, Gareth Southgate's side would hold on to secure a fantastic victory, becoming the first side to score three goals in a competitive game away to Spain.

Sterling ended his three year run without an global goal with a sublime goal in the 16th minute.

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Headers from Paco Alcacer and Sergio Ramos, the latter right on full-time, pulled Spain back to within a goal but could not prevent their first defeat in a competitive home fixture for 15 years. "We came out of the blocks firing, great pressing".

The global break usually leaves fans of Premier League clubs frustrated, as they have to wait two weeks until their team plays again.

Despite the loss, Spain stayed ahead in Group 4 of the top-tier League A with two more points than England after three matches.

Former Preston North End skipper John Welsh might just have had a hand in England's win over Spain on Tuesday night.

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Spain started well but its high defensive line struggled against the speed of England's young forwards.

England opened the scoring early in a fast breakaway.

Ramos, who angered Liverpool fans for his tackle on Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final, appeared to leave one on Raheem Sterling during the 3-2 defeat in Seville. In the past few games we have had draws and not scored, but I think last night we showed we can beat the top teams and defend well against the top teams.

The Independent, meanwhile, were one of many to compare Raheem's first strike with Michael Owen's against Argentina 20 years ago as they write: "There was just such an impressive force and assertiveness about England in general, with the tone set by Sterling's finish, and the team very much set off". We had to get passes out of the Spain press spot on.

'Him and Rashford are narrow and the front three, even without a goal for Harry Kane, have been outstanding'.

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