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UEFA Nations League. 15 facts you need to know about France, England, Spain, Wales and Denmark

The UEFA Nations League got underway this week. Spain beat England at Wembley, France defeated the Netherlands and Denmark beat Wales.

Here are 15 facts you need to know about these games.

England-Spain

Rodrigo Moreno has been involved in four goals in his five starts for Spain (three goals and one assist)

Spain have won an international game at Wembley for the second time (D2 L5), with both of those victories featuring a Marcos Alonso in the team (Father in 1981 and Son this evening).

Saul Ñiguez had three shots on target against England at Wembley, more than any Spain player in a game at the 2018 World Cup

Marcus Rashford’s opener (assisted by Luke Shaw) was the first England goal scored and assisted by two Manchester United players since November 2012, when Ashley Young assisted Danny Welbeck against Sweden

England have conceded more than once in the first half of a game for the first time since June 2017, when they lost 3-2 against France in Paris.

England have lost their first competitive game at Wembley since November 2007 (2-3 v Croatia), ending a run of 24 games without defeat there in competitive action.

England suffered their first defeat at Wembley under Gareth Southgate (W6 D4 L1), while the only two games that they’ve conceded more than once in during this run have both been against Spain

No defender contested more aerials (54), won more aerials (41), attempted more shots (11) and had more touches in the opposition box (23) than @England and @LCFC’s Harry Maguire at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

France-Netherlands

France have won their last five games against the Netherlands (2-0 in March 2014, 3-2 in March 2016, 1-0 in October 2016, 4-0 in August 2017 and 2-1 September 2018), their longest streak against this team.

Kylian Mbappé is involved in 10 goals with France in 2018 (8 goals, 2 assists), three more than any other French player.

Olivier Giroud has scored his 32th goal for France, overtaking Zinedine Zidane (31) and becoming the only 4th best goalscorer in France national team’s history.

Wales-Denmark 

Gareth Bale (5) and Aaron Ramsey (6) have scored 11 of Wales’ last 16 goals away from home in competitive matches.

Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 19 goals in his last 18 appearances for Denmark, scoring 14 times and providing five assists.

Wales have conceded a goal from the penalty spot in a competitive fixture for the first time since Ildefons Lima’s strike for Andorra during a 2016 European Qualifier, four years ago today (September 9th, 2014).

Since Mark Hughes’ win in Belarus back in September 1999, each of the last five Wales managers have lost their first competitive match away from home (also John Toshack, Brian Flynn, Gary Speed and Chris Coleman).

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