Harry Kane rested by Gareth Southgate as England manager rings changes

Tyler Owen
September 11, 2018

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.

In their first game since reaching the semi-finals in Russia, England were denied a point when Makkelie awarded a foul in favour of Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea for minimal contact with Danny Welbeck.

For manager Gareth Southgate, however, the need to bridge the gap between England and world football's elite was dominating his thoughts on leaving the capital this weekend.

To mark the occasion, the Spurs striker wore a special pair of gold boots for the clash with the 2010 world champions.

The 2-1 loss to Spain in the new Nations League - their first in a competitive game at Wembley since 2007 - followed World Cup reverses against Croatia and Belgium in Russian Federation.

The Manchester United defender was taken off on a stretcher wearing an oxygen mask following an accidental collision with Spain's Dani Carvajal early in the second-half.

England have now lost three matches in a row - against Croatia, Belgium and now Spain - proof they are still a work in progress.

There was an expectation in the 81,000 crowd as the game kicked off following the presentation of the World Cup Golden Boot trophy to Harry Kane by England coach Gareth Southgate.

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Saul Niguez and Rodrigo did the damage on Saturday evening, after Marcus Rashford had opened the scoring.

Southgate, though, is not concerned by the prospect of an unwelcome record and intends to make several changes to his line-up in order to give some fringe players game time.

"We know there is a distance to go to the very top teams", said Southgate.

"When you think about the whole match, we deserved to win".

It's more important to me that we improve the team, give these guys experiences to get better.

"It was a really good team performance and there were some outstanding individual performances and a lot of players who came of age on an global stage".

Shaw, making his first England start since September 2015, received treatment on the pitch for nearly seven minutes, with plenty of medical officers checking on his condition after he hit his head. They had high-class players. "And I'm not sure he was developed, I think he was a outcome of a unique talent.capable and willing to have the ball against any opposition".

"I think at the moment we have to stick with the plan, stick with what we're doing and just get better at doing it".

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