Lampard goal gives England 1-0 win over Spain

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England scored an upset 1-0 victory over world champions Spain here Saturday, with stand-in captain Frank Lampard heading the only goal of the game to delight a sell-out Wembley crowd.
Spain, who had not lost to England for 10 years, dominated possession and territory throughout but were frustrated by a superb English defensive effort as the home side clung on for the win. Lampard’s winner came on 49 minutes when the Chelsea midfielder headed in from close range after Darren Bent’s effort from a James Milner free-kick spun back off the post. Goalscorer Lampard paid tribute to England’s team spirit but said the squad were keeping their feet on the floor.
“For everyone it is a lift, but we have to be realistic. We know they dominated the game for long periods,” Lampard said in an interview on ITV1. “We won’t be shouting from the rooftops. We understand football. “We are not quite where we want to be just yet, but to beat a side like Spain is something we can definitely build upon.” Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque was frustrated after the defeat.
“I’m a bit disappointed and almost angry that we didn’t win the game,” Del Bosque said. “But I can take lots of positives … “We took the initiative, we held the initiative, we didn’t let England get out of their half. We just missed that skillful defining moment,” he said.
The result was a vindication for England manager Fabio Capello, who had taken the risky decision to leave captain John Terry on the bench and dropped Wayne Rooney from his squad altogether.
Capello had fielded a new-look side with Manchester United’s Phil Jones playing out of position in midfield and an untried international centre-half partnership of Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka.
For the most part Capello’s gambles paid off, with England maintaining their shape and discipline against technically superior opposition.
A low-key first half saw Spain dominate as expected, pinning England back deep inside their own half with their relentless pressing game. Despite the intelligent movement of Spain’s attacking players, England’s defence held firm, with Lescott excelling at centre-back alongside his former Everton team-mate Jagielka.
In midfield, Scott Parker and Jones worked tirelessly to disrupt Spain’s silky passing game, with Xavi, Andres Iniesta and David Silva probing menacingly throughout the opening 45 minutes.
Yet a sell-out Wembley crowd of 87,189 had to wait until the 32nd minute before the first shot on goal from either side, which came from a rare English foray into Spanish territory when Lampard let fly from 25 yards.

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