Raheem Sterling ended a three-year international goal drought, scoring twice for Gareth Southgate’s young side who delivered a thrilling 3-2 victory over Spain on Monday night in Seville.
This was the Manchester City forward’s first England goal since October 2015 which he scored against Estonia.
Sterling against high-class defenders made a brilliant move, with passing and vision and deftness of touch, he struck through the middle with accuracy, sending the ball into the top corner from 12 yards out in the 16th minute.
By the 29th minute Marcus Rashford had also scored to put the Three Lions 2 goals ahead of the elite team they were playing, firing into the top corner from a superb pass from captain Harry Kane.
And then Sterling struck again in the 38th minute after a second assist for Kane who hit a one-touch cross across the box, for Sterling to tap home from two yards.
Spain threw everything they had at England in the second half but it took them until the 58th minute to pull one back through Paco Alcacer, before Sergio Ramos scored their 2nd in extra time, leaving England to earn three valuable points in their Nations League group.
Speaking after the UEFA Nations League match, an elated Sterling said: “There is nothing better than scoring in an England shirt.
“It was a beautiful feeling to score. I put pressure on myself – it’s my position to score goals. It means a lot to me. Three years is a long time not to score.
“As a forward you go through patches but I am now forgetting about looking nice, and just focusing on getting in behind and causing havoc.”
For Spain to lose in Spain and for England and to beat such a top class side in this competitive match speaks volumes of how impressive Southgate’s young team were.