The World Cup seems a lifetime ago now. England’s heroics brought a divided nation together, but all of a sudden that seems like a distant memory. For the first time in a long, long time, England fans are optimistic about their national team, and that’s refreshing.
Spain’s rough World Cup exit to Russia ended a campaign fraught with controversy – particularly with the removal of Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament. They come to Wembley facing a side who, though less talented individually, are full of hope and promise.
Spain still appear to be in a transition period which started during the 2014 World Cup, and there is no reason why England cannot get a result against the 2010 world champions.
This England side will be settled, particularly because Gareth Southgate knows his strongest team, and I see the Three Lions emerging from this test with a positive result. I’m backing England to draw with Spain.
It’s sometimes oddly easy to forget this, but Harry Kane is really, really good at football. He has a World Cup Golden Boot under his belt, and with 19 goals already for the Three Lions, he is set to smash the record of England’s all-time highest goalscorer.
Kane clearly had some sort of lurking niggle during the later stages of the World Cup and really didn’t look like himself, and that only served to highlight England’s dependence on the Spurs striker for goals.
Spain looked poor at the back during the World Cup, and if England score, it’ll likely be Kane who puts it in the back of the net. If this England team want to reach the next level, then Harry Kane is the man to drag them there. I’m backing him to score at any time.