England give away lead to understrength Spain at Wembley

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Vardy was pulled down by Spanish keeper Pepe Reina.

England failed to handle a late surge from Spain which allowed the visitors to grab a 2-2 draw in their friendly on Tuesday at Wembley.

Adam Lallana’s early penalty gave England the lead after Leicester’s Jamie Vardy was pulled down in the box. But the Liverpool player was taken off injured after 25 minutes which will give manager Jurgen Klopp cause for concern.

England’s lead was increased three minutes into the second half with a diving header from Vardy, his first goal for club and country in 15 games.

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Despite facing an understrength Spain, England impressed and their strike force will give interim manager Gareth Southgate cause for optimism.

But the victory celebrations were put on hold when Spain´s Iago Aspas scored with a curling shot in the 90th minute.

In the fifth and final minute of injury time Spanish substitute Isco’s effort went through the legs of Tom Heaton.

Following the match, Southgate said he could handle the pressure if appointed the permanent replacement for Sam Allardyce.

He told reporters: “I´ve proved I can handle the big occasions.”

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