Gareth Southgate assesses England's defeat to Spain

Gareth Southgate assesses England's defeat to Spain

Gareth Southgate assesses England's defeat to Spain

Having got the assist to put England 1-0 up in the first half, Shaw's return to global football had started brilliantly.

Gareth Southgate pledged to stick to his principles after Spain delivered an uncomfortable reality check at Wembley but admitted he was unsure whether England had time to become genuine Euro 2020 challengers.

"He may have mistakes like everybody else, but we have one of the best in the world". We can either go back to our old style and we'll never be a top team, or we can keep trying to do what we do and suffer at times.

Spain coach, Luis Enrique has revealed what his goalkeeper, David De Gea told him about England star, Danny Welbeck's disallowed goal in Spain's victory over the Three Lions at Wembley on Saturday.

England reached their first World Cup semi-final in three decades in Russian Federation, before losing 2-1 to Croatia.

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Playing bravely out from the back rather than clearing long, England worked the ball to Kane who found the marauding Shaw on the left and his precise pass was ideal for Rashford to slot past his Manchester United team mate David De Gea. As the game wore out we started to work that out and I think Eric (Dier) provided some stability for us.

The hosts did nearly get one back soon after, only for Rashford to be denied by a superb save from David Gea.

Caught in a completely innocuous collision with Spain's Dani Carvajal, Shaw looked to be in some distress as he was forced from the pitch prematurely.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho nodded in approval up in the stands, and Rashford had opportunities to add to his goal as England's most potent threat on the night.

Luke Shaw, making his first worldwide start in three years, was taken off on a stretcher wearing a neck brace and oxygen mask early in the second half after a clash with Dani Carvajal, and the hosts failed to mount a comeback in his absence.

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