Verdict: England given immediate perspective on where they stand by Spain’s display
Sep 11 2018
"What I have to focus on is improving the team as much as I can".
Kane said he was happy with England's performance, despite a third consecutive defeat dating back to the World Cup semi-finals.
Gareth Southgate admitted that England have struggled to produce star players with the regularity of Spain, picking out his former team-mate Paul Gascoigne as a "unique talent" in the modern history of the Three Lions.
John Stones, Danny Rose, Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier and Jesse Lingard have all gone on to become key figures under Southgate since facing Spain the last time around, though, and the new-look England came within a whisker of reaching the World Cup final for the first time since 1966 in Russian Federation.
However, for all those hurdles negotiated in what was a golden summer for the Three Lions there remains a sense that getting the better of the top teams is a step too far.
Thanks to the high pressing of Spain at Wembley these forays forward were seriously curtailed with both time and space being at a premium.
When are you going to be back on form Harry! Normally the clubs would be holding their breath and hiding behind their sofas watching our team go out, but this is one of those occasions where [me] wanting to look at our squad ties in with doing the right thing with the players for our long-term benefit.
"Instead we got players comfortable on the ball who could take 50 touches". The second period had barely begun when Shaw suffered a sickening blow to the head as he clashed with Dani Carvajal.
They were allowed to stay in their rooms and rest until they felt like.
"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.
England captain Harry Kane has claimed that referee Danny Makkelie "bottled it" when he disallowed a late Danny Welbeck equaliser against Spain.
Marcus Rashford gave England the flawless start with an 11th-minute strike from Luke Shaw's pass but Spain responded with an nearly instant equaliser thanks to Saul Niguez's low finish.