England 2-2 Spain: Lopetegui praises La Roja's "character"

After late Iago Aspas and Isco goals salvaged a draw with England, Julen Lopetegui said the match "showed we never give up".

England 2-2 Spain: Lopetegui praises La Roja's "character"

Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui praised his side's perseverance as they came back from two goals down to grab a last-gasp 2-2 draw with England.

Aspas and Isco peg Three Lions back

An early Adam Lallana penalty and a second-half Jamie Vardy header looked to have the hosts on course for victory in Tuesday's friendly at Wembley.

But substitute Iago Aspas marked his Spain debut with a late stunner, before fellow replacement Isco's 96th-minute strike preserved Lopetegui's unbeaten record as La Roja boss.

Spain's players celebrate isco's time-added-on equaliser at Wembley.

Lopetegui pleased with "never-say-die spirit"

And Lopetegui admitted: "In the first half England were better than us. They started really sharply. Things got even tougher in the second half.

"But that's when we showed our character and never-say-die spirit. To pull a draw out of the fire with two at the end was great. It showed we never give up."

Southgate: "It feels like a defeat for the players"

Meanwhile, interim England manager Gareth Southgate sought to remain upbeat despite seeing his charges squander a two-goal advantage in dramatic fashion.

"The players over the period of the four matches [under Southgate] couldn't have given any more," the 46-year-old said.

"It feels like a defeat for the players, but I couldn't be more proud of what they've done. It was a healthy, positive performance."

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