Late drama sees Spain snatch a draw at Wembley

The Three Lions' interim boss Gareth Southgate is hoping to impress against a technically gifted Spanish side, you can follow events live from Wembley with VAVEL UK.

Late drama sees Spain snatch a draw at Wembley
A win against Spain would certainly boost his CV... (Photo: Getty Images)
England: Hart (Heaton, 45'); Clyne, Cahill (Jagielka, 45'), Stones, Rose (Cresswell, 79'); Dier, Henderson; Sterling, Lingard, Lallana (Walcott, 25'); Vardy (Rashford, 68').
Spain: Reina; Carvajal, Martinez, Nacho, Azpilicueta; Busquets (Nolito, 78'), Thiago (Herrera, 56'), Mata; Silva (Isco, 64'), Vitolo (Aspas, 45'), Aduriz (Morata, 64').
SCORE: 1-0, Lallana (9') 2-0, Vardy (48') 2-1, Aspas (89') 2-2, Isco (90+5')
REFEREE: Booked: Sterling (29') Martinez (30') Walcott (31') Aspas (67')
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That late equaliser is all we have time for and the referee signals the end of the game here at Wembley. It finishes all square in Southgate's final match as England's interim manager.

FULL TIME: England 2-2 Spain

Oh what drama so late on in the match! Isco latches on to a lofted ball just inside the England penalty area and squeezes the ball through the legs of Heaton from a tight angle to make it 2-2!

GOAL FOR SPAIN! THEY'VE EQUALISED LATE ON!

90+4' - Wonderful run by Townsend as he beats several Spanish players and creates a great chance for Lingard, but the Manchester United man is just offside.

90+3' - Great play from Spain and it results in Isco firing just wide, but La Roja have won a corner from the attack.

90' - There will be 5 minutes of added time as Spain look to find another late goal to equalise.

Iago Aspas has scored on his debut, and what a finish it was! The Celta Vigo forward was allowed to run deep into the England half, and he cut inside before placing the ball in off the post with his left foot. 2-1 now!

89' - GOAL FOR SPAIN!

83' - Aspas wins a corner for his side after battling well down the left wing and seeing his cross deflected out of play.

81' - Isco whips the free-kick disappointingly into the wall and the ball is cleared well away from the England goal.

80' - Clyne is penalised for a handball on the edge of his own penalty area, and Spain have a chance to turn this dangerous free-kick into something meaningful.

79' - ENGLAND SUB: Danny Rose is replaced by West Ham's Aaron Cresswell for the final 10 minutes of the match.

78' - SPAIN SUB: An attacking change for the visitors, as Nolito takes the place of Sergio Busquets in the hopes of a late comeback.

77' - Rose picks the ball up 30 yards out and tries an ambitious effort, but the ball sails well wide of the mark.

76' - England have a free-kick in a promising position but it is blocked and will result in a corner for the Three Lions.

73' - La Roja are beginning to push further forward as they look to find a way back into the game, but their delivery in the final third just hasn't been up to scratch tonight.

71' - Morata gets a shot away under pressure but Heaton is equal to it in the England goal.

68' - ENGLAND SUB: Goalscorer Vardy leaves the pitch and is replaced by Marcus Rashford for the last 20 minutes.

67' - Aspas is the latest man to go into the referee's book, which might be starting to fill up a little bit now.

65' - ENGLAND SUB: Sterling makes way for Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend with just under half an hour remaining.

64' - SPAIN SUBS: Two Real Madrid players take to the field as Isco and Morata take the places of Silva and Aduriz.

63' - Jesse Lingard takes the ball past Reina and tries to pull the ball back towards the middle of the penalty area but it's cleared away from danger.

60' - Koke has a go from distance but it is no trouble for Heaton, who hasn't had an awful lot to deal with since coming on at half-time.

It appears that a mexican wave is making its way around Wembley as we speak, haven't seen one of those for a while!

56' - SPAIN SUB: Ander Herrera makes his international debut in the place of Thiago Alcantara.

56' - Spain make their way into the England penalty area and Nathaniel Clyne prevents what would have likely been a goal for Iago Aspas!

51' - It should have been 3-0 to England! Vardy hits Spain on the counter once again and plays in Walcott who sees his effort saved by Reina from close range!

Henderson picked up the ball on the far right and whipped in a delightful ball to the far post where Vardy lay in wait before powering a header past Reina.

Jamie Vardy has made it 2-0! What a sweet goal that will be for a man who has just broken a 2 month goal drought for club and country.

48' - GOAL FOR ENGLAND!

46' - SPAIN SUB: The hosts have also made changes at the break, as former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas comes on in the place of Vitolo.

46' - ENGLAND SUBS: Tom Heaton and Phil Jagielka have replaced Gary Cahill and Joe Hart at the break.

Lallana's penalty still seperates the two sides under the lights here at Wembley, but this match is certainly far from over.

HALF-TIME: England 1-0 Spain

45' - There will be two added minutes.

43' - Spain are beginning to offer a morsel of threat now, but can they find an equaliser before the half-time whistle?

38' - Sterling makes a great run down the left hand side and whips in a teasing low ball towards Vardy who just can't get there. England's pace in attack is causing problems for the Spanish back line.

36' - England win a free-kick next to the corner flag inside Spain's half which Henderson takes, but it comes to nothing.

31' -The bookings are coming thick and fast now! This time it is the turn of Walcott to go into the referee's notebook after he brought down Azpilicueta just outside the England penalty area.

30' - And now moments later Inigo Martinez has been a shown a yellow card after he fouled Walcott, who could have been away had the Real Sociedad centre back not brought him down.

29' - Sterling has been shown the first yellow card of the game after he collided with Aduriz inside the England half.

28' - Aduriz tries to play Vitolo through on goal, but the Bilbao striker overhits the pass and it rolls harmlessly out for an England goal kick.

25' - ENGLAND SUB: Walcott replaces the injured Lallana, who managed to put his side in the lead despite only playing 25 minutes of the match.

24' - Goalscorer Lallana has gone down with some sort of problem here. The physio is attending to the issue but it looks as if Theo Walcott may have to replace the Liverpool man.

21' - The corner is played short and ultimately comes to nothing as the ball finds its way all the way back to Joe Hart.

20' - Sterling wins the first corner of the match for the hosts. Jordan Henderson is the man to take it.

19' - The ball is played over the top of the England defence towards Vitolo, but the Spaniard is flagged offside by the linesman.

15' - Vitolo wastes a decent chance from 15 yards away after some good build up play down the right wing. The ball was pulled back towards the edge and the Sevilla midfielder beat one man before dragging his shot wide.

14' - Vardy is looking as tenacious as ever up front, and England are certainly looking to use his speed on the counter attack to their advantage. He could cause the Spanish back three a fair few problems over the next 75 minutes or so.

12' - A great move down the left wing by a combination of England players results in Lallana being caught just offside. A promising start from the home side here.

Perhaps the most surprising part of all of this is that Reina has not been shown any form of a card by the referee. Had this been a competitive match surely action would have been taken by the man in the middle.

The scoring has been opened within the opening 10 minutes at Wembley. Lallana strolled up to the spot confidently before placing the ball high into the roof of the net, leaving Reina with no chance. 1-0 England!

9' - GOAL FOR ENGLAND!

Adam Lallana gets down the right flank and plays a wonderful ball towards Vardy in the middle. The Leicester forward takes it around Pepe Reina who brings him down for a penalty kick!

8' - PENALTY TO ENGLAND!

7' - The set-piece comes to nothing and now England have a free-kick inside their own half after Raheem Sterling was prevented from counter attacking illegally.

6' - Cesar Azpilicueta goes down in a heap after Jamie Vardy cleared the ball and caught the Spaniard with his follow through, which was admittedly a little bit high. Spain have a free-kick from 30 yards out as a result.

4' - As you would expect it is Spain who are dominating the ball at the moment, although they haven't been able to get into the final third just yet.

1' - We're underway here at Wembley! Spain will be attacking from left to right and vice versae during the first half.

So it's Aritz Aduriz that takes the place of Diego Costa to lead the line for La Roja, whilst Jamie Vardy is the man chosen to play up top for Southgate's England.

Spain Subs: Asenjo, Aspas, Bartra, Callejon, De Gea, Herrera, Isco, Koke, Monreal, Morata, Nolito, Roberto

England Subs: Walker, Heaton, Walcott, Sturridge, Jagielka, Townsend, Keane, Wilshere, Rashford, Bertrand, Cresswell, Pickford

Spain XI: Reina; Carvajal, Martinez, Nacho, Azpilicueta; Busquets, Thiago, Mata; Silva, Vitolo, Aduriz.

England XI: Hart; Clyne, Cahill, Stones, Rose; Dier, Henderson; Sterling, Lingard, Lallana; Vardy.

With kick-off now under an hour away we can present tonight's teams to you all. Let's start with England's XI...

"It will be important for me to know what I'm doing after the middle of November", said Southgate, who will return to his duties as U-21 boss if a permanent role with the senior squad does not materialise. 

The main talking point in terms of England is of course the vacanct managerial role, and Southgate has said that he wants everything to be sorted as soon as possible "so we can decide who is responsible for which parts of the organisation's work."

Spain are suffering from some injury problems in central defence, with Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos both still unavailable for selection. La Roja are also without Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who has withdrawn from the squad due to a groin problem. Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata is expected to take his place with Athletic Bilbao's Aritz Aduriz also capable if called upon.

England are without both Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney for tonight's match, meaning Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will captain his country as he did against Slovenia.

In terms of the all-time record between the two sides, England just about have the edge over their opponents. The Three Lions have won 13 matches against Spain and have only lost nine with just two fixtures ending in a draw, although you would have to go back to the 1982 World Cup to find the last one!

The last time these two sides met was in a friendly held just over a year ago, with Spain the home side on that night. The hosts ran out 2-0 winners as Mario Gaspar opened the scoring with a sublime goal, before Arsenal's Santi Cazorla finished the game off with six minutes to spare.

Both sides are top of arguably rather weak World Cup qualifying groups with stellar defensive records. England have conceded no goals at all whilst the Spanish have conceded just the one, as Italy's Daniele De Rossi beat David De Gea from the penalty spot in their 1-1 draw.

Spain are unbeaten since they were dumped out of Euro 2016 by Antonio Conte's Italy in the first knockout round. Julen Lopetegui's men have since faced the Italians once more and held the Azzurri to a 1-1 draw, and have also defeated Belgium, Albania, Macedonia and Liechtenstein.

Southgate faces his first real test tonight, after beating Scotland and Malta as well as drawing against Slovenia in his three matches as interim boss. Spain of course are a much better side than any of the aforementioned three, and Southgate will no doubt be looking to emerge victorious and land his dream job later tonight.

Tonight's match is England boss Gareth Southgate's last chance to make a lasting impression on the powers that be, with a decision on a permanent manager due to be made some time after the final whistle.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live coverage of tonight's international friendly between England and Spain! Although friendlies may not typically be the most hotly contested fixtures in the world, we're all hoping for a thrilling match at Wembley this evening.