International round-up: Frustrating night for Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard impresses

by Leo Nieboer


Jesse Lingard: Received his third start from Gareth Southgate and took full advantage with a characteristically energetic performance against Spain. A constant source of conviction and discipline all evening, linking up well with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy.

Marcus Rashford: Came on in the second-half and struggled to fully impose himself on the game with Spain applying pressure late on. Produced a few nice touches when he came on but cheaply lost the ball too often.

Juan MataMade one sumptuous pull-back for Vitolo after 15 minutes, but was largely anonymous all evening as Spain struggled to click in the first half. Replaced for Iago Aspas at half-time.

Ander Herrera: Came on after 56 minutes for his first international appearance and delivered a resolute, tidy performance in midfield for La Roja. Acted as a central component to Spain’s late onslaught, producing a series of driving runs and smart passes.

Paul Pogba: A performance eerily similar to the one he produced against Belarus in September – central to everything, but unable to effectively force the issue. Nearly broke the deadlock with a superb long-rage drive.

Sergio Romero: Enjoyed a largely trouble-free evening as Argentina, buoyed by the return of Lionel Messi, steamrolled past a blunt-edged Columbia side. Collected and distributed the ball well all evening.

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