No Spanish gold for Silva
- 12 November 2011 19:13
- Posted by David Clayton
David Silva left Wembley having tasted a rare defeat in the colours of Spain.
But while City's brilliant midfielder was licking his wounds, the Blues' quintet of Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott, James Milner, Gareth Barry and Adam Johnson were in celebratory mood after England's 1-0 win over La Roja.
Fabio Capello's men had been forced to weather a Silva-inspired first-half storm, but the Spanish couldn't find a way past the home defence, superby marshalled by Lescott and his former Everton colleague Phil Jagielka.
Hart looked confident and assured throughout and maintained his record of never being on the losing side for his country, despite David Villa's 72nd-minute header striking the post.
The game was settled when skipper Frank Lampard headed home on 49 minutes after Darren Bent's effort had struck the post with Milner supplying the original cross.
There was a proud moment for Barry just five minutes later when he replaced Lampard and took over the captain's armband - not a bad way to celebrate his 50th cap!
...England 1 Spain 0
Johnson's late cameo came as he replaced Milner, but he spent the majority of his 20 minutes or so defending deep in his own half.
Silva, who was replaced by Cesc Fabregas at the break, now faces a gruelling 11,000-mile round trip for Spain's friendly in Costa Rica next Tuesday while England will play at home to Sweden.
Yaya, who was substituted at half-time, had a hand in putting The Elephants ahead when his blocked shot was headed into his own net by Gaxo, but the hosts drew level after the break to earn a 1-1 draw and end the visitors' 100% 2011 record.
"It was a fantastic friendly and I think 1-1 was a fair result," said Yaya.