Sergio Ramos Says England Are 'World Class' After Nations League Win over Spain

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2018

SEVILLE, SPAIN - OCTOBER 15:  Sergio Ramos of Spain reacts during the UEFA Nations League A Group Four match between Spain and England at Estadio Benito Villamarin on October 15, 2018 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)
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Spain captain Sergio Ramos has called England "world class" following their 3-2 win over La Roja in the UEFA Nations League on Monday. 

The Three Lions were excellent in the first period at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, surging into a three-goal lead before the break and then holding off a Spain fightback in the second period. 

Afterwards, the Real Madrid legend said he was happy with the way the team bounced back after their sluggish first 45 minutes but praised the away side, too, per Football Espana.

"It's a shame because it was our objective to round off a great run of games," he said. "It didn't go as planned, but now we have one more game to put all our tension into. England are world-class opponents with some very dangerous players. We had to forget the first half and turn it around in the time it took them to go 3-0 up."

The visitors showed why they made it to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in the summer with a blistering first-half display, with two goals from Raheem Sterling either side of Marcus Rashford's finish putting them in a commanding position.

In the end, that onslaught was the bedrock of what was a historic result for Gareth Southgate's side, per Sky Sports Statto:

Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto

England become the first visiting side to win a competitive international against Spain since Greece in June 2003 - Spain had been unbeaten in 38 home games since (W34 D4) https://t.co/jpDHiWC0JU

Joe Prince-Wright of NBC Sports commented on how young the victorious England team was in Seville too:

Joe Prince-Wright @JPW_NBCSports

The youngest England starting XI since 1959 becomes the first team in 15 years to beat Spain on home soil in a competitive game. Future is bright for #ThreeLions Gareth Southgate has a marquee win to show progress after the World Cup & next batch of youngsters are ready 🦁🦁🦁

Ramos, although he scored the second of Spain's goals with the final touch of the game, was part of a defence that was pulled to pieces at times by Sterling, Rashford and England skipper Harry Kane.

In was a display not in keeping with the way in which the 2010 world champions have operated since Luis Enrique took charge earlier in the year. In their previous two Nations League matches they were outstanding, beating Croatia 6-0 and England 2-1 at Wembley.

It was a match that showed there is still a lot of work for the new coach to do. Spanish football journalist David Cartlidge suggested this result should prevent complacency moving forward:

David Cartlidge @davidjaca

Spain a completely different side in the second half, or at least once Ceballos appeared. As ever, he changes games with his desire to be on the ball and usage of it. Should be a regular starter in this team.

For England it was another indicator that the team is moving in the right direction under Southgate, as they play with a vibrancy that has been absent for long spells in previous Three Lions outfits. The praise from Ramos, as such, is warranted.

Following their shock run to the semi-finals at the World Cup there was a sense of achievement, although this is a group of players that appear keen to show that their performances in Russia represented the start of a journey, not the culmination of one.