Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Referee 'bottled' awarding England late equaliser against Spain - Harry Kane

Referee 'bottled' awarding England late equaliser against Spain - Harry Kane

Luke Shaw insisted he is "doing fine" after being stretchered off with a nasty-looking head injury on his first England start for three years in a 2-1 defeat to Spain on Saturday.

Southgate also spoke about still needing to "find the best way" for his team to play, which was a surprise to those who believed he had dedicated himself to the current 3-3-2-2 structure, but it was heartening to hear him emphasise his belief in the kind of football that led to such a brilliantly constructed goal for Marcus Rashford at Wembley.

Southgate confirmed that the left-back was conscious and talking in the changing room and will continue to be assessed. "We probably created the better chances throughout the game". When we are match fitter we will function better up the pitch.

He added, "It was a good game, a good test against a team that keeps the ball well", he said.

England have achieved so much under Southgate.

It is a similar challenge with La Roja, who crashed out of the World Cup in Russian Federation at the round of 16 after the shock exit of coach Julen Lopetegui days before the start 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.

Poor technique and a loss of composure, particularly at the back, proved costly once again in this first post-World Cup outing as Luis Enrique's instruction for the attacking trio of Isco, Iago Aspas and Rodrigo to play as far up the field as possible was carried out to a tee.

Spain will face World Cup runners-up Croatia, the other team in the three-man Nations League group, on the same night.

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Thiago showed at Wembley that he can fill the void left by Manchester City midfielder Silva, with the Bayern Munich man dictating the tempo of this game.

To be fair to the hosts they did start and end the game on top, and the opening goal came via the sort of incisive passing move that not so long ago looked way beyond an England side.

It started with a courageous defensive header from Luke Shaw inside his own penalty area.

"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". We both have the same objective and before judging someone I like to meet them for myself in person.

"I am especially happy about De Gea's performance", said Enrique.

By then, however, England were trailing.

"Danny stood there, De Gea went up, he caught the ball but as he went down he fell on Danny, no foul or anything, and the ball has dropped".

But it could have been different, as England were denied a late equaliser after the referee judged Danny Welbeck to have fouled David De Gea, despite appearing to make no movement towards him or the ball.

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