Upson was named amongst the England substitutes but gained his seventh cap for his country when he replaced Chelsea centre-back John Terry 20 minutes into the second half.
Spain won the game 1-0 courtesy of a ninth minute goal from left back Asier Del Horno but the scoreline somewhat hid the fact that England were completely dominated by the home side throughout.
England: Robinson, G. Neville, Cole (Defoe,78), Butt, Ferdinand (Jamie Carragher, 62), Terry (Upson, 65), Beckham (Wright-Phillips, 60), Lampard (Jenas, 60), Rooney (Smith, 43), Owen, Bridge. Subs not used: James, P. Neville, Hargreaves, Kirkland.
Meanwhile, Blues full back Mario Melchiot started for Holland in their World Cup Group One qualifier against Andorra.
Melchiot played the full ninety minutes as the Dutch ran-out comfortable 3-0 winners in Barcelona. Philip Cocu, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder the scorers for Marco van Basten's side who go top of the group on goal difference ahead of Romania.
|FIFA 2006 World Cup European Qualifying|
|Macedonia FYR||(0)||0||Czech Republic||(0)||2||12,000|
|Belgium||(0)||0||Serbia & Montenegro||(1)||2||32,000|