Spain scored a 95th-minute equaliser to deny Gareth Southgate victory in his final match as England interim manager as the Three Lions like all national teams worldwide play their last international games of 2016 during the week.
Adam Lallana put the hosts ahead at Wembley with a penalty after Jamie Vardy was fouled by keeper Pepe Reina.
Lallana went off with a first-half injury before Vardy’s header from Jordan Henderson’s cross put England in a
Iago Aspas reduced the deficit in the 89th minute before Isco levelled with almost the last kick of the game.
Ivory Coast held France to a 0-0 draw in Lens also on Tuesday, as Paul Pogba proved unable to steer Les Bleus to
victory in the absence of Antoine Griezmann.
The Atletico Madrid playmaker missed the match at Stade Bollaert-Delelis due to a foot injury that could leave him
in doubt for the derby against Real Madrid on Saturday.
Without the influence of one of the stars of Euro 2016, Didier Deschamps’ team laboured to a disjointed stalemate
against the Africa Cup of Nations holders.
Pogba, the world’s most expensive player, started but was withdrawn at half-time in a change likely to please Jose
Mourinho ahead of Manchester United’s meeting with Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend.
The former Juventus midfielder did at least produce one of the highlights of an otherwise forgettable game, using
the outside of his boot to play a sumptuous pass to the flanks prior to his withdrawal.
A slew of substitutions typical of international friendlies badly disrupted the rhythm of what had been an
entertaining contest, Moussa Sissoko missing the hosts’ best chance of the second half by contriving to head wide
unmarked from close range.
Salomon Kalou had the ball in the back of the net in the 11th minute for Ivory Coast, but was flagged offside on the
follow up from Adama Traore’s vicious half-volley, which struck the upright and bounced back into the path of the
Hertha Berlin forward.
Italy and Germany played out a friendly 0-0 draw at San Siro on Tuesday as the Azzurri failed to gain a slight
measure of revenge for their Euro 2016 elimination.
Hosts Italy had never lost to the Germans in tournament action before July’s penalty-shootout reverse in Bordeaux
and Antonio Conte’s replacement in the dugout from that encounter, Giampiero Ventura, had made a vow to gain
recompense in Milan.
However, his side lacked composure in attack throughout the game, Andrea Belotti hit the post with their clearest
chance, and such a toothless performance against a below-strength German side may prompt calls for Mario Balotelli’s
recall to swell. The in-form Nice man was in attendance at his former stomping ground.
The game was selected as a trial event for FIFA’s testing of video assistant referees, with president Gianni
Infantino present in the booth, but there was little incident of controversy or goal action for it to be called for.
A denied Italy penalty and Kevin Volland’s offside goal might have stirred Infantino in a bunker somewhere in the
stadium, but any plans to introduce the technology at the 2018 World Cup are unlikely to hark back to this game for