Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

England 1-2 Spain: Hosts lose Nations League opener at Wembley

England 1-2 Spain: Hosts lose Nations League opener at Wembley

Despite the disappointment of defeat in his side's first outing since they finished fourth at the World Cup in Russia, Kane praised his team-mates' efforts. "I can't make decisions just to get a win", he said.

The Football Association (FA) is reportedly keen to retain Southgate for the 2022 World Cup after the 48-year-old guided England to the semi-finals in Russian Federation.

Gareth Southgate gave a start to Marcus Rashford, a player now struggling to make his mark with Manchester United this season.

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.

"I didn't know Luis Enrique personally before now, but the first contact has been positive regardless of the speculation that may have existed", he said in a press conference.

Southgate said the goal should have stood but admitted his side had struggled to counter Spain's passing game.

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A sack by Fletcher Cox on third down was negated by Derek Barnett's offside penalty to keep the drive going. And perennial Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters was back anchoring the blind side in front of Foles.

The coach would not reveal his line-up but said his players do not look exhausted after overcoming England. "There were stages when they had the ball and it was hard for us, but we had a good spell throughout the game as well".

"But I think we have got to keep faith in the way we're trying to play, otherwise we go back to what we did historically and there's no way I believe we'll ever be a top team if we do that". "We are building and that is all we can do, play against these teams".

"But I thought Gomez's defending was exceptional". I think in the end it's not something that's right to discuss publicly. We have created some good chances against Spain. Of that type of player, they've produced more than any other team in the world.

Luke Shaw's injury curse struck again on Saturday as the Manchester United left back's England recall was cut short by a sickening clash of heads early in the second half against Spain.

When asked whether Welbeck's goal should after he was penalised for a foul on Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, Kane told Sky Sports: "100 per cent".

You know that leads to a European Championship, which we have games at Wembley, which is going to be a brilliant experience.

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