Spain XI that beat England 1-0 in 2007: Where are they now?

Published Add your comment

Football News

Back in 2007, Spain were still regarded as perennial underachievers.

La Roja hadn’t won a major international tournament since 1964 - despite the many talented players who had worn the famous red shirt during the 1970s, 80s and 90s - and many expected they would come up short again at Euro 2008.

However, some football fans began to believe that Spain could end their long wait for a major trophy after their 1-0 victory over England at Old Trafford in 2007.

England, then managed by the hapless Steve McClaren, came up short against their European opponents.

A fresh-faced Andres Iniesta, a second-half substitute, scored the only goal of the game in the second half. But what happened to the Spanish players who featured for the eventual Euro 2008 champions that night? Let’s take a closer look…

Spain’s XI that beat England in 2007

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas went on to become Spain’s most-capped player of all time - he’s currently on 167 appearances - and played a key role in the Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 triumphs.

Now 35, Casillas hasn’t called time on his international career, but he’s no longer first choice. He plays his club career with FC Porto after leaving Real Madrid in 2015.

Right-back: Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos had been with Real Madrid for almost two full seasons when he travelled to Manchester with the rest of the Spain squad to play England.

The 30-year-old is still a key player at the Bernabeu.

Centre-back: Pablo Ibanez

Pablo Ibanez was named on the provisional squad for the 2008 European Championships but failed to make the cut.

He was playing with Atletico Madrid at the time, but finished his career in England. After a brief spell with West Brom during the 2010-11 campaign, he joined Birmingham City, where he spent two seasons.

He’s not currently working in football.

Centre-back: Carles Puyol

What Spain - and Barcelona, for that matter - would give right now for a leader like Carles Puyol.

The talismanic central defender ended his Spain career with 100 caps to his name in 2013. A year later and he retired from football at the age of 36.

Puyol briefly worked as Barcelona’s assistant sports director before setting up his own football agency last year.

Left-back: Joan Capdevila

Joan Capdevila was part of the Spain team that won Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.

Since leaving Villarreal in 2011, the left-back has played for Benfica, Espanyol, NorthEast United, Lierse and now, at the age of 38, plays for the Andorran club Santa Coloma.

Midfield: David Silva

Fans of English football know exactly what David Silva has been up to for the past nine years.

The technically-gifted Spaniard has lit up the Premier League since joining Manchester City in 2010.

Midfield: Xavi

Arguably the greatest Spanish player of all time, Xavi played an instrumental role in Spain’s three successive major tournament triumphs.

He’s spent the past 18 months with Al Sadd in Qatar after bringing his glittering Barcelona career to an end in 2015.

Midfield: David Albelda

David Albelda made 51 appearances for Spain but his international career was ended after Luis Aragones opted against selecting him for the 2008 European Championships.

The defensive midfielder announced his retirement from football, after 17 years at Valencia, in 2013.

Midfield: Miguel Angulo

Miguel Angulo failed to make the Spain squad for Euro 2008 and retired just two years after the game against England at Old Trafford.

The 39-year-old is now a coach and was part of Gary Neville’s backroom team at Valencia last season.

Striker: David Villa

David Villa played a starring role for Spain at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup but missed Euro 2012 through injury.

He ended his international career in 2014, with 59 goals from 97 matches.

Villa now plays for New York City FC, alongside Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo, in Major League Soccer.

Striker: Fernando Morientes

Fernando Morientes is another whose international career was ended before the glory years.

He made his final appearance for La Roja in 2007, when he was playing his club football for Valencia.

Morientes hung up his boots in 2015 and tried his hand at coaching, managing Segunda B side CF Fuenlabrada. However, he last just eight months in the job before being sacked.


Angel Lopez

The Villarreal right-back wasn't part of the Euro 2008 squad. Left Las Palmas, at the age of 35, in the summer.

Javi Navarro

Only made four appearances for Spain. Now a coach.

Javier Arizmendi

This was his one and only international appearance. No longer in football.

Andres Iniesta

Scorer of Spain’s winning goal at the 2010 World Cup final. Still with Barcelona.

Cesc Fabregas

The man who assisted Iniesta’s winner at the 2010 World Cup final. Currently with Chelsea.

Fernando Torres

A key player for Spain at all three of their major tournament triumph. Now back at his beloved Atletico Madrid.

England's XI

Meanwhile, here’s how England lined up that night…

Foster, Gary Neville (Richards 65), Ferdinand, Woodgate (Carragher 65), Phil Neville (Downing 74), Gerrard (Barry 46), Carrick, Lampard (Barton 79), Wright-Phillips (Defoe 69), Crouch, Dyer.

Yep. While Spain sent on Iniesta, England sent on Joey Barton.

Now wonder Spain went on to win the next three international tournaments and England flopped hard.

Video: England 0-1 Spain

Treat yourself by watching a few highlights of the friendly nine years ago…

Will England beat Spain on Tuesday night? Post your score predictions in the comments below.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Wayne Rooney
England Football
World Cup
Andres Iniesta
Spain Football
Francesc Fabregas

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again