Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Spain give England post-World Cup reality check with Nations League win

Spain give England post-World Cup reality check with Nations League win

Spain's campaign under new manager Luis Enrique began with a win against England. He allowed the players the morning off and liberated them from having to wake up at any particular time for breakfast.

Kane released Shaw free down the left on 11 minutes and his teasing cross curled perfectly into the path of Rashford to slot past United team-mate De Gea.

Luke Shaw and Joe Gomez and in for England, while Luis Enrique has made six changes to the Spain XI that crashed out of the World Cup.

Midfielder Saul Niguez made the biggest impact of the new additions to the team throughout the game, giving them a thrust and directness which was lacking in Russian Federation, where they dominated possession but lacked spark and ideas, and also providing Spain's equaliser after Marcus Rashford had put England ahead.

Luke Shaw allayed concerns over his well-being after sustaining a sickening-looking injury that overshadowed England's UEFA Nations League opener against Spain.

"He gave a great ball for the goal".

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The familiar chants from the summer could be heard throughout the game as the Three Lions supporters let manager Gareth Southgate know "he's the one" and that "football is coming home again".

The turnaround was complete for Spain on 31 minutes as Rodrigo turned home Thiago Alacantara's in-swinging free-kick at the near post.

The impact was audible from the stands and led to him leaving on a stretcher wearing an oxygen mask and a neck brace after lengthy treatment. John Stones, Danny Rose, Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier and Jesse Lingard have all gone on to become key figures under Southgate since facing Spain the last time around, though, and the new-look England came within a whisker of reaching the World Cup final for the first time since 1966 in Russian Federation.

England weathered the storm though and pressed late on for an equaliser with De Gea forced into several good saves.

"I want to be in games that matter".

"It takes time. We've come a long way in a short space of time and today was as tough a test as you could have against a team that presses like that and are so good in possession". "I've seen teams fold in similar circumstances". England have never lost more than three matches in a row throughout 146 years of global football. Another viewing of replays might have reversed the decision to rule out Danny Welbeck's stoppage time goal for a foul on David De Gea when the goalkeeper went to collect a high ball.

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