The Defending Champions, Spain, are back in action. While England will begin their Euro 2016 preparations with a trip to Spain, Vicente Del Bosque’s in-form side will try to bank on their home advantage.
Coach Vicente del Bosque, ahead of the clash said, ”England have a team with great potential and are individually very strong. Once they have a bit of organization they will be a great side.”
England will go into this clash with huge confidence having won all their ten matches in the European qualifying campaign. England also beat Spain 1-0 in their last encounter thanks to Frank Lampard’s second-half strike in a Wembley friendly, according to Sky Sports.
Even Spain have won their last six matches and “have kept clean sheets in four consecutive games against Slovakia, Macedonia, Luxembourg and Ukraine,” noted Sky Sports.
The game was originally scheduled at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. But the friendly match will now take place at the 30,000 capacity Estadio Jose Rico Perez in Alicante, as per sources.
Harry Kane will lead the attack versus Spain as Wayne Rooney has been given rest for Friday’s clash. English Coach Roy Hodgson confirmed that Rooney would be available against France for Tuesday’s clash. Injuries have also sidelined Jamie Vardy for the match.
The BBC quoted Hodgson as saying, “Wayne’s with me because he’s the captain of our team, he’s the most important figure as a result, but he actually won’t start the game.”
“I’m telling you that because Wayne and I are very anxious that we’re not trying to fool anybody or bamboozle anybody when he’s sat alongside me. That’s for the very simple reason that we’re looking at various combinations and it will be good for me to see how various combinations are developing.”
“At the front we’ve got Wayne and Jamie, we’ve got Harry and Ross Barkley, there are combinations there that interest me.”
Spain vs England
Venue: Estadio Jose Rico Perez, Alicante
Date: Friday, 13 November
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
Live Stream: Stream2u