George Green’s single goal was enough to separate the two young sides in Las Rozas.
Kenny Swain bought his side to Spain on the back of last year’s Victory Shield triumph and demonstrated the immaculate form that they took all the way through that campaign.
Swain handed playing time to all the members of his 18-man squad following a few days of training in sunny Spain.
The game saw relatively few chances but England did have the better of the first period. Spain always looked competent but England matched them and often did one better in a very closely fought game.
Debutant George Green grabbed the goal that sunk the Spanish ship when he was introduced as a second-half substitute. His goal came in the final minutes when the Everton forward picked up the ball just outside the area and curled a lovely shot round Guillermo Lara in the Spanish goal.
Swain’s squad travel home today before the teams meet up again in the Montaigu tournament in France, which takes place in late March and early April.