Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Spain start Luis Enrique reign with win in England — UEFA Nations League

Spain start Luis Enrique reign with win in England — UEFA Nations League

Luke Shaw's first England start for three years was ended early by a nasty head injury after a collision with Spain's Dani Carvajal.

"In the second half we knew how to cope under pressure and that's an important thing for us, that we stuck together in tough moments like in the second half".

There was an expectant mood in the 81,000 crowd as the game kicked off following the presentaion of the World Cup Golden Boot trophy to home captain Harry Kane by England's popular coach Gareth Southgate.

"He may have mistakes like everybody else, but we have one of the best in the world".

But Press Association Sport understands the 23-year-old is conscious and will undergo further tests at Wembley.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford opened scoring for the Three Lions but a goal each from Saul Niguez and Rodrigo ensured the 2010 World Cup winners emerge victorious.

England showed exceptional spirit and scored a brilliant goal - playing their way out of their own half before Luke Shaw superbly set-up Marcus Rashford - and while they were dominated by Spain, they did not concede chances.

With key Euro 2020 games, including both semi-finals and the final, being played at Wembley, Southgate and his men will see it as a big opportunity to do well.

"They are a top, top side and I think for spells kept the ball incredibly well, pressed us and we didn't keep the ball in the early part of the game well enough".

England were enjoying a spell of possession and Rose got down the left flank well, to win a corner, that Maguire headed just wide. I have no doubts that, by sending a message to a United player, he was not just simply exhibiting good sportsmanship.

"We have got 19 matches, it's not very long, but, in my opinion, we have got the best group of players in the country here".

"I'm a fighter, I'll be back soon", he wrote on social networks after the game in an attempt to reassure fans.

UEFA is yet to use video assistant referees in its competitions despite the new technology's successful deployment for the first time at the World Cup.

Like this: