Spain give England post-World Cup reality check with Nations League win

AFP | Golden boot England striker Harry Kane shows off his award for finishing top goal-scorer at the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Before the game, England coach Gareth Southgate had warned that his team still had much to prove on the worldwide stage, claiming that the country's winning record against world football's elite has been "non-existent" since the World Cup success in 1966.

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

Southgate's side have lost three in a row for the first time since 1988 with Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Spain following losses to Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals and Belgium in the third-place playoff.

Shaw was stretchered off early in the second half after an aerial collision with Dani Carvajal but confirmed he was "doing fine" in the dressing room after the game.

Spain were the better team in Enrique's first game in charge and this had been another education - the 11th match under Southgate against opponents in Fifa's top 20 which has not been won in normal time, with complaints over a refereeing oversight merely masking reality.

Rodrigo celebrates scoring what proved to be Spain's victor against England at Wembley.

Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane all earned a place in the final 55 nominees for the FIFA FIFPro World 11 after impressive domestic and World Cup form over the a year ago.

But Trippier, who starred in Russian Federation this summer, warned against pessimism after England had led through Marcus Rashford's well-worked early goal.

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What is clear is that Thiem has a fighting spirit - and the weapons - to challenge for grand slam titles in the immediate future. Nadal was once again able to recover after going down a break, forcing the set to a tie-breaker. "I hope to continue that way".

"He'll stay with us overnight for further observation, with another update to come in the morning".

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.

Playing bravely out from the back rather than clearing long, England worked the ball to Kane who found the marauding Shaw on the left and his precise pass was flawless for Rashford to slot past his Manchester United team mate David De Gea.

"Arthur articulates the game and is positional, re-programming passes", the coach said after the match.

"But I'm proud of the way we finished the game".

In spite of that record being under threat, Gareth Southgate will make wholesale changes to the team tomorrow night.

The Arsenal forward recovered to put the loose ball into the Spanish net before Makkelie ruled that de Gea had been fouled by Welbeck.

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