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How the England players rated against Spain

Adam Lallana celebrates his goal

Adam Lallana celebrates his goal

Spain snatched a late 2-2 draw against England at Wembley. Here is how PA rated the players.

JOE HART: The on-loan Torino goalkeeper would have expected a more difficult outing but he did not have to make a save before coming off at the interval. 6 (out of 10).

NATHANIEL CLYNE: Drafted in at right-back in place of Kyle Walker, the Liverpool defender proved an able deputy. 6.

GARY CAHILL: Only played the opening half and went largely untested against a weakened Spain attack. 7.

JOHN STONES: Less playing out from the back from the Manchester City defender who, with an ill-placed first-half pass aside, showed he can be as solid as he can be spectacular. 6.

DANNY ROSE: Did not have the same attacking threat as in Friday's win over Scotland but is starting to make the coveted left-back spot look like his own. Booked. 7.

ERIC DIER: Quiet but effective night marshalling the England back four. 7.

JORDAN HENDERSON: Captain for the night. Anchored midfield and delivered perfect ball for Vardy to double England's lead after half-time. 7.

RAHEEM STERLING: England's brightest spark in a promising all-round attacking display. Booked. 8.

ADAM LALLANA: Arguably England's best player of 2016, the Liverpool man opened the scoring from the penalty spot before he was forced off with a knee injury with less than 25 minutes on the clock. 7.

JESSE LINGARD: Third start under Gareth Southgate and impressed alongside Sterling. Looks like becoming a staple if Southgate lands the job full-time. 7.

JAMIE VARDY: Lucky to escape punishment for an early challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta before being upended for England's penalty. Headed home the second with aplomb to end a barren spell which stretched back to September 10. 8.


THEO WALCOTT (for Lallana, 26) Looked lively but missed a good chance to make it 3-0 with just 50 minutes on the clock. Booked. 7.

TOM HEATON (for Hart, 45) Smart stop to deny David Silva and could do nothing about Aspas' strike – but he will be disappointed to have conceded a last-gasp equaliser that flashed between his legs. 5.

PHIL JAGIELKA (for Cahill, 45): Like for like change as he became Southgate's experienced campaigner for the second half. 6.

ANDROS TOWNSEND (for Sterling, 65): With the game petering out the Crystal Palace winger could not inject the same sort of energy as the man he replaced. 6.

MARCUS RASHFORD (for Vardy, 67): Teenager did not have an impact after replacing the impressive Vardy. 6.

AARON CRESSWELL (for Rose, 79): A debut for the West Ham defender but he had little time to make his mark. 6.

Late Spain surge snatches draw at Wembley

Isco slams home the late equaliser for Spain

Isco slams home the late equaliser for Spain

England were caught cold by a late Spain comeback but a positive performance at the end of a turbulent year will have only strengthened Gareth Southgate’s grip on the manager’s job.

Few connected with the national team will look back at 2016 with any fondness as a handful of impressive performance were overshadowed by the humiliating European Championship exit to Iceland.

England lurched from one crisis to another as Roy Hodgson's successor Sam Allardyce left after a mere 67 days, but interim manager Southgate has steadied the ship impressively and looked crestfallen after Isco secured Spain a 2-2 draw deep into stoppage-time.

Adam Lallana's early penalty and the end of Jamie Vardy's goal drought had brought a smile to those inside a sold-out Wembley, producing football which will have pleased those in the top echelons of the Football Association.

Such a positive display on top of Friday's 3-0 win against oldest foes Scotland surely makes Southgate a shoo-in for the job full-time, although the closing stages underlined the work that remains.

Many inside Wembley applauded Liverpool flop Iago Aspas' stunning 90th-minute strike, but the overriding feeling was dejection as substitute Isco slotted a last-gasp equaliser.

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