There’s not much between England and Spain, claims Vicente Del Bosque
European and world champions Spain face England this evening at Wembley looking to continue their excellent record in internationals between the two countries and also to overcome some recent indifferent friendly form.
Spain were the first continental European side to beat England (4-3 in 1929 in Madrid) and in total have eight wins, eleven draws and only three defeats in 22 meetings.
The last clash was in Sevilla in February 2009, with Vicente Del Bosque’s side strolling to a 2-0 victory with goals from David Villa and Fernando Llorente.
Nevertheless Spanish coach Del Bosque said he expected a difficult test for his players.
“England is a good team, with very gifted players,” he said. “We are coming up against a difficult rival. Spanish football is in a good moment, but the differences between teams in football are not big.”
While Spain qualified for next summer’s EURO 2012 finals with a 100 per cent record, they have struggled in non-competitive games since their World Cup win in 2010.
Last autumn saw shocking 1-4 and 0-4 defeats to Argentina and Portugal, while this season’s friendlies have brought a 2-1 loss in Italy and a narrow 3-2 win over Chile.
Del Bosque said: “The players have very intense competition with their clubs and national teams. You cannot pick and choose when you are motivated. I believe in their motivation whether they are at Wembley or anywhere else.”