Following a decent, if unspectacular, 3-0 win over Scotland on Friday night, England vs. Spain certainly isn’t the most inspiring of friendly fixtures.
Indeed, we’re already well aware of the Three Lions’ failings against strong opposition and particularly against sides like La Roja, who dominate possession before punishing you with a few moments of absolute brilliance.
But when looking from a club perspective, there’s still a lot to be learned from Tuesday’s game, particularly if you’re a Manchester United fan. Here are three things Red Devils supporters should look out for during tomorrow’s 8pm kickoff.
ESPN claim Manchester United are considering a swoop to re-sign former youngster Michael Keane and Spain represent a good litmus test for the Burnley centre-back.
Indeed, the England international has excelled as part of the Clarets’ well-oiled defensive outfit this season but will find matters tougher in a porous Three Lions backline against arguably the most creative national side in world football.
Should the 23-year-old impress against La Roja, it could force him to the forefront of not only Gareth Southgate’s plans but also Jose Mourinho’s.
Manchester United were one of a number of clubs liked with Alvaro Morata during the summer transfer window, even after he re-signed for Real Madrid in a £25million deal, and have been mooted as potential suitors once again this month by Marca.
But not everybody is sold on the Spaniard, who scored just 27 goals in 93 appearances during his two title-winning campaigns at Juventus, in no small part due to valuations being close to the £50million mark.
So Tuesday’s clash at Wembley gives United fans a chance to take a closer look at the 24-year-old against English opposition, which should give an insight into whether he has what it takes to score regularly in the Premier League.
The other question Morata’s performance could answer is whether he’s a stronger potential successor to Zlatan Ibrahimovic than United wonderkid, Marcus Rashford.
It remains to be seen if all of them will feature, but plenty of Manchester United stars should be on show at Wembley tomorrow night, with Red Devils stars prominent parts of both squads.
Indeed, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata could start against England after being left in reserve for Spain’s 4-0 win over Macedonia on Saturday, whilst David de Gea may be called upon between the sticks – albeit a second cap for understudy Sergio Asenjo seems more likely.
Meanwhile, captain Wayne Rooney could get another run out from the bench, although United fans are likely more interested in seeing how talented youngsters Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford fare on the world stage against high-quality opposition.