In this series we will explore Tottenham’s various links with Spain at club and international level, our meetings in friendly and competitive fixtures as well as the players from that country that have represented the Spurs.
With the World Cup in progress we start the series with a look at some meetings at international level.
England has met Spain to date on 25 occasions and Spain holds the dubious record of being the only country England has beaten in a penalty shootout in a major tournament.
The last time the sides met was in November 2016 with Danny Rose and Eric Dier playing (Kyle Walker unused substitute) in the 2-2 draw at Wembley when England had been two up going into the last few minutes. The two national sides have been drawn together in the Nations League during the coming season.
When Spain won 0-2 in 2009 their second goal came from Fernando Llorente (top) on as a substitute for his second cap and it was his first goal for the national side.
The first meeting between the countries was in Madrid (1929) and the home side won 3-4. When the Spanish side equalized the crowd invaded the pitch and had to be cleared by police with swords drawn. Two years later the teams met in London and England won 7-1.
Left - Martin Peters V Spain 1968.
The first Tottenham men to face them occurred in the third meeting at the World Cup in Brazil in 1950. England’s dreadful campaign finished with a 0-1 defeat in the last group game. Eddie Baily joining Alf Ramsey in the team who had played the first two games in the group.
The game at Wembley in 1960 saw Bobby Smith score twice, one a real cracker, as England won 4-2. Jimmy Greaves then of Chelsea scored after just thirty seconds. The 1965 game saw Alf Ramsey as England manager in the first of four meetings during his spell in charge.
Greaves, now of Tottenham, scored again in the 1967 game with Alan Mullery also in the team for the first of his three caps against the Spanish team.
1996 - Anderton V Spain at the Euro's
When the teams met in the 1980 European Championship England won 2-1 with Hoddle in the side and Ray Clemence then Liverpool pulled off his only penalty save in an international. Hoddle scored when the sides met again the following year. The in the 1987 game Hoddle, Waddle and Hodge were in the side but its Barcelona’s Gary Lineker who scored all four goals in a 4-2 win.
The First Spurs men to face Spain for England - The last game in World Cup 1950.
Standing second from left - Alf Ramsey and
kneeing 4th - Eddie Baily on international debut.
The teams met again in the 1992 European Championship when Terry Venables was England manager. Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton were in the lineup but both been substituted in the109th minute as the game ended 0-0 and went to a shoot-out, with England winning. The Spanish side that day included Miguel Nadel, uncle to the famous tennis player.
Other Spurs players who have turned out for England against the Spanish are Cyril Knowles, Sol Campbell, Paul Robinson, Jermain Defoe (twice), Kyle Walker (twice including his debut in 2011), Harry Kane, Scott Parker and Dele Alli, whilst Eric Dier also made his international debut against them in 2015.
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