England’s defeat against Spain another lesson for the Three Lions

The frantic finale, when Danny Welbeck thought he had equalised and Spain, for the first time, appeared rattled as England reverted to a more direct approach, did not hoodwink Southgate into thinking his team had properly matched Luis Enrique's side, who triumphed 2-1 on Saturday at Wembley.

Late substitute Danny Welbeck saw a last-gasp equaliser controversially chalked off as the referee deemed the Arsenal man had fouled Spain goalkeeper David de Gea before turning the ball home.

"We are under no illusion that Spain were the better team for long periods", he said.

"But I've got to give the players enormous credit because it was a game where we could've folded and disappeared but we didn't".

The Manchester United defender was taken off on a stretcher wearing an oxygen mask following an accidental collision with Spain's Dani Carvajal early in the second-half.

England's striker Harry Kane is presented with his Golden Boot award for being the top goal-scorer at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation ahead of the UEFA Nations League football match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium in London on September 8, 2018.

"They passed it around very well in the first half, we talked about that coming out into the second".

"We have got some players who can do it, others who are improving at it and for me it's the way I believe we should play".

"I think what is happening at junior level is that there is more emphasis on technical ability, there is more, right from five, six, seven-year-olds, there is more emphasis on being able to handle the ball and play. We probably created the better chances throughout the game".

When asked what he thought about the decision, Luis Enrique replied: 'I couldn't see, it was hard, David De Gea told me he was fouled.

Spain's easy-on-the-eye style began to pick holes in England as the likes of Isco, Alcantara and Saul Niguez took charge. "I am under contract, I have two years, you know that leads to a European Championship, which we have games at Wembley [in] which is going to be a brilliant experience", Southgate told reporters.

"Winning like this on this stage will do us a lot of good and we've started in the best way possible but in football the only thing that matters is the present".

With the likes of Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Gerard Pique all retiring from the global stage, Luis Enrique's starting lineup had only five players who started against Russian Federation in the World Cup last-16 penalty shootout loss.


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