Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

UEFA Nations League: England 1-1 Spain

UEFA Nations League: England 1-1 Spain

Playing out from the back rather than hoofing clear, England worked the ball to Kane who then found the marauding Shaw on the left and his pass was ideal for Rashford to slot past his Manchester United team mate De Gea.

"I want to be in games that matter".

England led for only two minute, after Marcus Rashford's 11th-minute strike, on Saturday before Saul Niguez and Rodrigo scored twice in 20 minutes to give Spain a winning start under new coach Luis Enrique after the 2010 World Cup winners exited in the last-16 in Russian Federation. We have created some good chance against Spain.

Against England, Spain had far less possession than they were used to under World Cup caretaker coach Fernando Hierro and predecessors Julen Lopetegui and Vicente del Bosque but played with more goal and were more direct than before.

Eight weeks after their memorable World Cup run was ended by Croatia in the semi-finals, the optimism sweeping England looked justified as Marcus Rashford opened the scoring after 11 minutes. We are looking at a new Spain, a more direct team, just like Luis Enrique outlined when he was chosen as coach. "We have to keep faith in the way we are trying to play otherwise we go back to what we did historically. But we've been encouraging him to get higher up the pitch and not drop quite as deep, and he got his reward for that".

The three points see Spain go top of UEFA Nations League Group 4, with the third team in the group, Croatia, yet to play their opener.

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"What I have to focus on is improving the team as much as I can".

Despite the joy at reaching the last four in Russia, England have now lost three consecutive games for the first time in 30 years.

Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos has praised Manchester United's David de Gea, claiming he kept Spain in the clash against England.

They thought they had in stoppage time, when Danny Welbeck clipped it in after David de Gea's spill, but a freakish decision from a referee out of his depth saw it ruled out.

It was a soft way to surrender a lead although worse lay ahead in the 33rd minute when Kane and John Stones both allowed Rodrigo to nip between them and head Thiago's free-kick past Jordan Pickford unchallenged.

"With England, you're always going to have to give it your best shot, do what you can in club football and then, when the opportunity is there, I'm going to take it".

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