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England snatched an unlikely win against world champions Spain with Frank Lampard's close-range header proving to be the difference in an international friendly.
Much of the capacity crowd at Wembley had gathered to see the world champions in flesh rather than their own team. However, the English evidence on display provides for a boost in confidence.
It was a disciplined, functional home side who worked hard for their victory. Scott Parker was tackling all over the place, Joleon Lescott was solid in defence while Frank Lampard provided his trademark goal to deem Vincent Del Bosque side to an unlikely defeat.
However, the first half was a boring affair. Spain couldn't find the incision required to work past the English defence, and their only clear cut chance fell to Sergio Busquets whose many qualities doesn't invovle clincal finishing, England's sole shot came from Lampard, who had a pop from distance as he was without passing options. Iker Casillas gathered comfortably.
In the second half, England ventured out more from their cocoon, and it was from a set piece that the goal came. James Milner's whipped in a free kick, which Darren Bent headed onto the post. Pepe Reina, coming on at half-time, was committed and as the ball rebounded, Lampard was the first to react heading it in from all of three inches.
It served for a much more entertaining contest. England were still content to sit back and attack on the counter while Spain marauded forward in search of the equalizer. David Villa was unlucky to see his half-volley come back off the post, while substitute Cesc Fabregas missed a sitter late in the game.
England defended for all they were worth, and at full time, they would have been content with a victory just about deserved.