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Past meetings

England's friendly with Spain in Seville will serve as a good gauge of the progress of the Three Lions under the leadership of Fabio Capello.

The match against the reigning European champions is sure to be a stern test for Capello's men, with Spain riding high on a 28-game unbeaten run. We look back at the last five meetings between the sides.

February 7, 2007: England 0 Spain 1
Old Trafford was the venue for England's first home defeat under Steve McClaren. England began the friendly encounter well enough but the visitors generally controlled the game and claimed the win thanks to an Andres Iniesta strike after 63 minutes.

November 17, 2004: Spain 1 England 0
An early goal by Asier del Horno earned Spain a friendly win in Madrid. Paul Robinson saved a penalty from Raul but the game was overshadowed by racist chanting from sections of the Spanish crowd towards Ashley Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

February 28, 2001: England 3 Spain 0
Sven-Goran Eriksson's reign got off to a dream start with a crushing friendly victory at Villa Park. Goals from Nick Barmby and substitutes Emile Heskey and Ugo Ehiogu settled the one-sided encounter in England's favour. The win was the first of five in a row as Eriksson made the most successful start of any England coach.

June 22, 1996: England 0 Spain 0 (England won 4-2 on pens)
England edged out Spain on penalties to reach the semi-finals of Euro 96 but only after a little help from referee Marc Batta, who upset the Spanish by disallowing two goals and turning down two penalty claims. In the shoot-out, Alan Shearer, David Platt, Stuart Pearce and Paul Gascoigne scored for England while a Fernando Hierro miss and David Seaman's save from Miguel Angel Nadal put England through.

September 9, 1992: Spain 1 England 0
An 11th-minute strike by Gregorio Fonseca settled this friendly in favour of the hosts in Santander. The match at Estadio El Sardinero saw England manager Graham Taylor award first caps to Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince, Manchester City forward David White and QPR full-back David Bardsley.

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