Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Direct Spain have new identity after Luis Enrique makeover

Direct Spain have new identity after Luis Enrique makeover

England boss Gareth Southgate believes his side are on the right track, despite Saturday's defeat against Spain at Wembley.

"It takes time. We've come a long way in a short space of time and today was as tough a test as you could have against a team that presses like that and are so good in possession".

After taking the lead at Wembley through Marcus Rashford's early goal, England were undone by strikes from Saul Niguez and Rodrigo Moreno as Spain's midfield began to control the game.

England captain Harry Kane has claimed that referee Danny Makkelie "bottled it" when he disallowed a late Danny Welbeck equaliser against Spain.

He also brought such a tempo to proceedings that Spain looked a big upgrade on the ponderous outfit that had performed so poorly at the World Cup.

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"It was hard but we had good spells in the game and we probably created the better chances".

"Disappointing to finish that way, I thought we played well - especially second half - and deserved a draw at least". "I've seen teams fold in similar circumstances".

"We're seeing that with some of our junior teams". At the moment we have a different profile of player, we can't play the way that they want to play.

Just ahead of him in midfield, Henderson fared reasonably, providing some useful balls over the top to utilise Rashford's pace, but Sky Sports co-commentator Gary Neville was critical of his role in Rodrigo's victor.

"We'll have to assess him a little bit more overnight but that's definitely a good sign".

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"We're just hoping he'll use this rage as a source of motivation rather than loudly moaning about the Peace of Westphalia, as he is at the moment".

"My focus most importantly is on tomorrow night, and building this team to be as competitive as it can be, to keep improving them".

"But we don't have a creative player like Andrea Pirlo".

"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.

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