England vs. Spain - Football Match Report


"It was hard but we had good spells in the game and we probably created the better chances. There's a lot of stuff we can learn from but I think we can hold our heads up high".

"But over the 90 minutes we have to accept that Spain were better than us for long periods of the game".

"They pressed extremely well and it took us a while to work out where that press was coming from and find a solution to it".

"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".

"Now we have a choice". "There are obviously some older ones who have good goalscoring records at club level but I'm not sure that's necessarily the route we want to go". Jesse Lingard then opened up play with a delightful flick before Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane got involved to spread the ball to the left flank.

Against England, Spain had far less possession than they were used to under World Cup caretaker coach Fernando Hierro and predecessors Julen Lopetegui and Vicente del Bosque but played with more goal and were more direct than before.

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

"We know the quality they possess".

And both teams were on the scoresheet before the quarter-hour, with Marcus Rashford scoring from an inch-perfect Luke Shaw cross on the counter-attack and Saul smashing home a first-time shot in traffic from Rodrigo's cross to make it 1-1.

The match was halted for almost five minutes soon after the restart when England defender Shaw went down after a collision with Dani Carvajal and had to be stretchered off the field.

Talking with journalists that are well informed about what is going on in the Spain camp there is the sense that Luis Enrique needs to call up the best players to his squad.

"But I thought Gomez's defending was exceptional". "I'm a fighter so I will be back soon!"