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

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"It was a good game, it was a real test against a team that keep the ball really well".

While England have changed little since their run to the World Cup semifinals, with nine of the starting 11 having played in Russian Federation during the summer, the turnover during Gareth Southgate's two-year reign in charge was evident in this game.

A big feature of England's best run at a World Cup for 28 years was how their three-man backline, and Harry Maguire in particular, were able to bring the ball out of defence.

However, Spain showed at Wembley how far England still have to go before they can count themselves as a serious global force.

The 27-year-old was held accountable by many following Spain's early exit from the World Cup during the summer, but new boss Enrique insists that he was always confident the ex-Atletico Madrid stopper would return to his best form.

When Ramos came over, he had warm welcomes of a slew of the coaching team but former Barcelona manager Enrique wasn't there for the greeting straight away.

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"We have got some players who can do it, others who are improving at it and for me it's the way I believe we should play". The second period had barely begun when Shaw suffered a sickening blow to the head as he clashed with Dani Carvajal.

"That's what I want, to reduce the space and press a lot and against a team with three defenders it was very hard", Luis Enrique said.

David De Gea claimed he was fouled by Danny Welbeck.

Not only did the quality of his delivery take out two Spanish defenders but goalkeeper David De Gea did not know whether to come or stay and Rashford gleefully took advantage with a first-time finish.

Kane was in no doubt the goal should have stood, saying Makkelie lacked the strength to allow the goal.

England pushed for a leveler as the half wore on, and late on, sub Danny Welbeck thought he had made it 2-2, only for the goal to be harshly ruled out for a foul.

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