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

May JohnsonSep 11, 2018

Having reached the semifinals at Russian Federation 2018 before losing to Croatia in Moscow, England's return to action was an unhappy one, with Spain dominating for large parts of the game before emerging with their first win on English soil since a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford in February 2007.

"It was a good game, a real test against a team who keep the ball really well", Kane said.

"We know the quality they possess".

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane reacts after England lose to Spain. We have several players where we have to watch how much they play.

"He can collect the ball close to the defenders and give it to Philippe Coutinho or Neymar".

Just ahead of him in midfield, Henderson fared reasonably, providing some useful balls over the top to utilise Rashford's pace, but Sky Sports co-commentator Gary Neville was critical of his role in Rodrigo's victor.

"We have got plenty of other good strikers like Rashford". At moments we compete and we look like being able to create chances. "I thought about it a lot in the summer, but I do not think we should talk about it anymore because it doesn't matter", he told a news conference before a clash with Croatia in his hometown of Elche on Tuesday.

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"I'm very proud of the way the players finished the game because it was a night when you know you are playing against a top team".

"So, given where we're at and we need those experiences to improve and I couldn't ask any more of the players".

In August, Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said he would like to extend Southgate's stay beyond the European Championships that year.

It's not the typical match-up you would expect to be highlighted ahead of an England game, especially with the Premier League stars that will be gracing the pitch, but the battle of the full backs might well decide the outcome of the match. We represent England and it's great to play around the country.

These were the sort of mistakes that appeared during the World Cup in Russian Federation but were overlooked as mass hysteria gripped the nation at the team's unexpected access to the business end of the tournament.

Belgium and Croatia deservedly beat England in Russian Federation, while this loss to Spain saw a return of those failings when up against the very best.

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