5 Things to Look Out For in the England v Spain International Friendly

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  1. Gareth Southgate’s last game as interim manager
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Tuesday’s friendly against Spain will mark Southgate’s last game in charge of England as caretaker manager. The former England defender remains unbeaten in his time as caretaker manager picking up 7 points from a possible 9 in England’s World Cup qualifying campaign, with wins against Scotland and Malta and a draw to Slovenia. Southgate remains favourite to acquire the role full-time and Spain will prove to be his toughest test yet, a positive result here will no doubt improve his credentials. Despite impressing in his time as England Under-21’s manager, Southgate lacks senior experience and his time at Middlesbrough is his only senior management role to date. Should he be appointed full-time he would become England’s least experienced manager since Walter Winterbottom was appointed in 1946.

 

  1. There will be no Harry Kane in the squad
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Despite being named in the England squad for Friday’s win over Scotland the Tottenham striker was an unused substitute and Southgate has decided to send the forward back to the Spurs medical team in order to help with his comeback from injury following a lengthy spell out. Daniel Sturridge was heavily involved in the Scotland game so Jamie Vardy or Marcus Rashford could start up top for England if Southgate wishes to rest Sturridge.

 

  1. Jordan Henderson taking the captain’s armband in Wayne Rooney’s absence
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Henderson has been chosen by Southgate to captain the Three Lions on Tuesday night after Rooney missed England’s training session on Monday after picking up a minor injury after the Scotland game on Friday night. The Liverpool midfielder captained England the last time Rooney was dropped in a 0-0 draw against Slovakia and will no doubt hope to be successful in deputising for the Manchester United man.

 

  1. Iago Aspas could deputise in place of injured Diego Costa 
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When Diego Costa was pulled from the Spanish squad after sustaining injury, former Liverpool forward Iago Aspas was called up in his place. Juventus forward Alvaro Morata was given the nod in Spain’s 4-0 win over Macedonia on Saturday but should the Spanish manager Julen Lopetegui wish to make changes on Tuesday, Aspas who won La Liga player of the month for October must surely feel he’s in for contention.

 

  1. The Spanish squad will have plenty of Premier League pedigree on show
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With David de Gea (Manchester United), Cezar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Ander Herrara (Manchester United), David Silva (Manchester City), Juan Mata (Manchester United) and Nolito (Manchester City) all in the Spain squad of 25 expect to see plenty of Premier League stars on Tuesday night.

 

James D’Arcy

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