Who made it into our combined England and Spain XI?

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As England go head to head in one of the most pointless friendlies of the season, we couldn't help but wonder how many, if any, of Gareth Southgate's men might get into a combined XI.

Spain have been one of the big players in international football for a while now while England, well, haven't - so did any Three Lions players get into our side?

Goalkeeper: David de Gea - Manchester United

Italy's Ciro Immobile and Spain's David de Gea
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Throughout Spain's golden era of two European Championships and World Cup glory, Iker Casillas was the mainstay between the sticks. With 167 caps and the captaincy throughout, Casillas was the first name on the team sheet.

But Iker is 35 now, and having fallen out of favour at Madrid, he moved to Porto. Enter Manchester United's David de Gea, whose shot-stopping and general ability to give United a shred of credibility throughout the David Moyes/Louis van Gaal years has been nothing short of miraculous.

At 26 years old, the Spanish stopper looks to have set up camp in the Spain goal for the next five years at least.

Right-back: Hector Bellerin - Arsenal

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin tackles Chelsea's Nemanja Matic
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A relative minor in the squad, but it's not all about experience.

Hector Bellerin trained at Barcelona's La Masia academy until the age of 16, whereupon he moved to Arsenal in search of a better chance of regular football. He found it, and at the age of 21 has a couple of seasons of Champions League experience, an FA Cup win and a place in the 2015/16 PFA Team of the Year under his belt.

Quick going forward and even faster tracking back, Bellerin is primed to make the right-back position his own for club and country.

Centre-back: Gerard Pique - Barcelona

Spain's Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol celebrate winning the 2010 World Cup
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Half of a rock solid Spanish centre-back pairing, Gerard Pique's got more silverware in his trophy cabinet than in his cutlery draw, with four Champions League titles, six La Liga titles, one European Championship medal and a World Cup medal as well.

That's a lot of winning, and the 29-year-old has been rewarded with 83 international caps. An intelligent, ball-playing defender, John Stones would do well to follow his example.

Centre-back: Sergio Ramos - Real Madrid

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring in the 2016 Champions League final
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Hmm, still no England players yet. But with centre-backs like Sergio Ramos about, it's pretty clear why.

Ramos's international experience makes the 29-year-old Pique look a relative amateur. With 138 caps, a World Cup and TWO European Championships to his name, Ramos has been around La Furia Roja's squad for more than 10 years.

Strong in the air, commanding on the ground and with the ability to score the odd goal, what England would give for a player of Ramos's ilk.

Left-back: Danny Rose - Tottenham

England's Danny Rose against Scotland
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There's strong competition for the left-back spot, with Spain offering both Jordi Alba and Nacho Monreal. However, on form, it's hard not to go with Spurs' dynamic full-back, Danny Rose.

Tottenham's miserly defence have conceded just six Premier League goals in 11 games this season, and are unbeaten in the process. Rose is a big contributor to those records, offering boundless energy in Mauricio Pochettino's high-energy team.

Rose offers an attacking threat as well, able to catch the opposite wing off-guard as he ably demonstrated with an assist for Adam Lallana as England beat Scotland 3-0.

Central midfield: Sergio Busquets - Barcelona

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez speaks to Barcelona's Sergio Busquets
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Another Spanish player here, but let's get real shall we? Sergio Busquets is possibly the best in the world at his position.

Building play from the middle, Busquets is built very much in the mould of Pep Guardiola, and that is no coincidence, given that Sergio's Barcelona career flourished under the Spanish coach.

Guardiola described himself as having no particular strength. He wasn't quick, didn't score, and couldn't head the ball very well either. It was intelligence that earned him his money however, and Busquets is very much the same.

Central midfield: Dele Alli - Tottenham

Tottenham's Dele Alli
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Hurrah! Another England player, and one who earned his inclusion in this side with efforts such as THAT volley against Crystal Palace earlier this year.

Alli combines genuine ability with a competitiveness which spills over on the pitch occasionally, making him a fierce competitor on the field.

Furthermore, at just 20 years of age Alli has a decade of football at the top level ahead of him - he's the closest thing England have to a Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard (although let's not get ahead of ourselves).

Attacking midfield: David Silva - Manchester City

Spain's David Silva
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Another Premier League player, but alas, not an Englishman.

David Silva has graced Manchester City's midfield since 2010, and during an era in which the Spanish side has been dominated by players plying their trade in Spain, Silva's quality has ensured he's been ever present.

With 105 caps and 28 goals for his country, Silva truly is the gold standard.

Right wing: Andres Iniesta - Barcelona

Spain's Andres Iniesta
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We're sorry to shunt Andres out on to the right, but we're firm believers that the Barcelona and Spain legend can play anywhere. We'd have him in goal, quite frankly.

With Xavi Hernandez, Iniesta formed one of the great club and international football partnerships of all time, with defences left unable to get a foot on the ball thanks to the pair's Barcelona training.

Since Xavi's retirement, Iniesta has had to go solo, but it remains a breathtaking sight to watch him with a ball at his feet.

Left wing: Raheem Sterling - Manchester City

Raheem Sterling trains with England
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Raheem Sterling unfairly bore the brunt of the media's anger after England's Euro 2016 failure, but his response at club level under the guidance of Guardiola has proven his maturity.

More of an all-round winger, Sterling has the ability to retain the ball under pressure, as well as fine dribbling technique and an eye for goal. He can be a little erratic with the ball, but remember: he's only 21 years old.

Striker: Harry Kane - Tottenham

Tottenham striker Harry Kane
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Diego Costa's form brought him close to selection, but Harry Kane has shown his consistency across the last two seasons with Tottenham, and despite a turbulent start to the 2016/17 season, his quality is undeniable.

A supreme header of the ball, Kane's ability on the ground is equally impressive, exhibiting little touches and quick finishes that are the hallmark of a world-class striker.

At just 23 years old, Kane is another young England player with plenty of years on the international scene ahead of him.