Jamie Carragher has likened England’s stunning Nations League win over Spainto a Champions League match
The Three Lions produced one of their best performances in living memory to keep alive their hopes of making it to the final stage of the competition on an historic night in Seville.
The entertaining game finished 3-2 to the visitors and Carragher credited both sides for creating a fine spectacle.
The former England defender went on to say it was a perfect advert for the new competition which has previously taken a lot of criticism for its existence.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Carragher said: “That is one of the best international games I have seen in a long time. It was like watching a Champions League game.
“This game is a massive statement for the tournament we are playing in now. Plenty of people have ridiculed this tournament including Premier League managers.”
England raced to a 3-0 lead at half-time thanks to Raheem Sterling’s brace and Marcus Rashford’s neat finish and although Paco Alcacer and Sergio Ramos pulled goals back for La Roja after the break, England claimed a well deserved three points.
And Carragher compared the performance from Gareth Southgate’s men to that of England’s incredible 5-1 victory over Germany in Munich in September 2001.
He added: “Credit to both sides but particularly to England. The only thing that can match tonight is maybe Germany 5-1. This is a game that those players will never forget.
“What that says, watching England is like watching the best teams in the Premier League. They play the way the top teams in the world play.
“The best way to describe it was a great away Champions League performance like our teams in Europe.
The result leaves England second in Group A4 and crucially puts them above Spain in their head-to-head.
However, in order to qualify for the last four, England must beat Croatia at Wembley on November 18 and hope Zlatko Dalic’s men can get at least a draw against the Spanish three days earlier.