ENGLAND battled out a goalless draw with Spain – and debuting keeper Hannah Hampton still feels it’s a “dream come true”.
It’s been a defensive fight from the Lionesses to claim some of the spoils in this Arnold Clark Cup clash.
Lauren Hemp came closest to her dream goal in her home county of Norfolk, with the game taking place at Norwich’s Carrow Road.
Landlady Sarina Wiegman shuffled her pack, leaving only Rachel Daly and Alex Greenwood in the 1-1 draw with Canada.
Aston Villa’s Hampton, 21, widely regarded as one of the best-playing goalkeepers in the WSL, was brought on in her maiden game.
“It was a dream come true for me,” she said. I don’t think I lost the smile on my face from the moment I was announced until the game started.
“The wait has certainly been worth it and hopefully there will be more to come, but I’m not pressing for anything.
“I just went out and played my own game, then it was up to Sarina and the coaches on the team they picked.
“All I can do is put myself in the store and keep performing for club and country.” England have coped well with the threat from the amulet Alexia Putellas and his teammates.
Jill Scott opened fire early for the home team.
He was almost punished after the combination between Jess Carter and Hampton in the 21st minute.
Both missed their chance to win the ball with Aitana Bonmati’s lob wide on target.
After the break, Hemp came on for Nikita Parris.
And it took the Manchester City star just a minute to make her presence felt with the winger’s shot knocking Real Madrid goalkeeper Misa Rodriguez before hitting the post.
Spain went close with a diagonal shot from a goalless Lucia Garcia, who flew past the post near the time line.
Athenea Del Castillo was denied by Hampton minutes later after Greenwood prevented Putellas from scoring.
And the keeper handled it comfortably with a late Jennifer Hermoso shot, helping her side secure a point ahead of their clash with Germany.
England manager Wiegman is delighted her accusations are getting a chance to face Europe’s ice cream, and feels Spain’s performance has justified Spain’s Euro favorite card surname.
She said: “Nobody is going to win the Euros this Sunday or Wednesday, but it is good for us to play a team like Spain because they have developed so much over the years.
“I am very happy that we will also play against Germany, because we need these games to grow.
“It’s great to see what kind of a team we are and how we messed up Spain’s style and exploited the spaces they’ve given away.”
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