Luis Enrique hails De Gea after victory over England — UEFA Nations League

Kristopher Nichols
September 10, 2018

De Gea produced an acrobatic save to dent Rashford a second goal shortly afterwards but Spain ended the half on top.

England and Spain will meet on Saturday when they kick off their first ever UEFA Nations League campaigns.

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

"I don't think we were under any illusions as a coaching team", Southgate said.

Early in that game, which Real Madrid won 3-1, he clashed with Mohammed Salah in an incident that saw the Egypt global sustain a shoulder injury that forced him off prematurely and saw his participation in the World Cup limited.

"Winning like this on this stage will do us a lot of good and we've started in the best way possible but in football the only thing that matters is the present".

"We've got to try and find a way to compete and we've got to work out the best way for us to do that". We did it a couple of times but at the moment we're still finding our feet in playing out from those areas. "These are the teams we want to play against".

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"We have got quite a few players short of minutes and a bit of sharpness, so to come into a game like tonight after so long out of the global scene is as tough a test as you can have".

England suffered a blow just after half-time when Shaw was taken off on a stretcher with a head injury following an accidental collision with Dani Carvajal but they rallied late on and could have earned a draw.

"Luke is up and talking, but needs to assessed", revealed Southgate.

Most notable was Gomez's forward passing, with the Liverpool defender showcasing a rare ability, or perhaps willingness, to play vertically rather than horizontally.

The hosts did nearly get one back soon after, only for Rashford to be denied by a superb save from David Gea.

Southgate plans to rotate his side at the King Power Stadium in Leicester and intends to bring in reinforcements from the Under-21s squad.

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