Carragher: Spain win as good as Germany 2001

Carragher: Spain win as good as Germany 2001

Carragher: Spain win as good as Germany 2001

Jamie Carragher believes England’s performance in the 3-2 victory over Spain was as good as the famous 5-1 win over Germany in 2001.

Three first-half goals saw Gareth Southgate’s seal a famous win in Seville, as a double from Raheem Sterling and a clinical Marcus Rashford effort saw the visitors lead 3-0 at the break to stun the hosts.

Paco Alcacer and Sergio Ramos responded in the second half from set-pieces, but it wasn’t enough as England held on for a huge win in the Nations League.

On the victory, Carragher told Sky Sports: “I can only go back to when I was playing and the only thing that could match it was the 5-1 win in Germany.

“It’s a fantastic result. This is a game they will never forget, whatever they do in their international careers.”

During this international break, Southgate has made the bold decision to switch from the back three which worked so effectively during the World Cup to a back four in a 4-3-3 system.

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It’s proved to be a successful one, with England taking four points from a possible six in two tough away games at Croatia and Spain. They were unfortunate not to take three points against the Croats, having created more than enough chances to come away with better than a 0-0 draw.

Carragher went on to say: “This a huge result for Gareth Southgate. The World Cup was great but privately we were saying ‘they haven’t really played anyone’ and as soon as they got to Croatia they struggled and couldn’t keep the ball. That’s why tonight is a massive result for Gareth Southgate.

“How brave he was. As soon as the game started, Eric Dier, who was England’s holding midfielder, was flying at Sergio Busquets to close him down. That tells you they are on the front foot and going for it.

“Watching England is like watching the top teams in the Premier League, you could never say that when I was playing, we always felt that the top teams in the Premier League would be too good for England. Maybe that’s the case but they play like the top teams in the world.”

The victory also came without a number of regulars, including the likes of John Stones and Jordan Henderson who were both suspended, whilst midfielders Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were all unavailable.

Next, England face Croatia in their final Nations League match at Wembley, with Southgate’s men still having the chance to qualify for next summer’s Final Four.