21st November 2018

INTERNATIONALS ENGLAND FACE SPAIN

ENGLAND FACE SPAIN

15th October 2018

England's leading striker, harry Kane hardly had a chance against Croatia on Friday. In truth, had Marcus Rashford taken his, then England would have won the game.

In fairness the surreal atmosphere, playing behind closed doors was as much a hinderence to England as it was the home side. UEFA need to look at how they give out punishmenst in the future and surely a simple points deduction is the answer.

The Nations League rolls on to Spain and England's makeshift squad has been further depleted by the suspension of Jordan Henderson. John Stomes is also suspended.

Half the World Cup squad are missing - Jamie Vardy retired and Danny Rose and Danny Wellbeck withdrew before the Croatia game. Gareth Southgate has limited options to help a tired looking Kane and it looks certain he will rely  on the Spurs man again.

England's last two visits to Spain - in 2015 and 2009 resulted in 2-0 defeats and it could be more of the same. Spain have won their three games since the World Cup by an aggregate12-3 including a 2-1 win at Wembley.

England's team at Wembley was stronger and a draw will be a good effort all things considered. It is not often England start at 5/1 but that's the shape of the market. Spain are 8/13 and the draw 3/1 in places.

A repeat of the 2-0 is on the cards at 13/2.

Joe