The Three Lions will receive a heroes’ welcome after finishing fourth at the World Cup, but Southgate will already be looking to the future as he seeks to build on that fine showing in Russia.England have the quality and confidence to go and get the win at Wembley, and in any case we’re not expecting the tight-knit group of players to lose on Saturday. Backing an England .
Spain, meanwhile, kick off a new era with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique now in charge of La Roja, and are seeking a period of relative stability following Julen Lopetegui’s dramatic sacking just days before the World Cup.
Spain’s squad, selected by new manager Luis Enrique, is more of an unfamiliar one. Make no mistake, this squad is still packed with quality, but with Diego Costa withdrawing and David Silva, Andres Iniesta, and Gerard Pique all retired from international duty it marks the beginning of a new era for Spain.
Now, they will turn to the likes of Isco, Marco Asensio, and Alvaro Morata, while Marcos Alonso deservedly takes the place of long standing left back Jordi Alba. Dani Ceballos will be looking for his first cap alongside Jose Luis Gaya and Real Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez too.
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