Spain gives England first home loss in 11 years

Ross Houston
September 10, 2018

The semifinal collapse to Croatia, defeat to Belgium in the third-place game and loss to Spain at the start of the UEFA Nations League show why Southgate has been tempering the giddiness. John Stones, Danny Rose, Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier and Jesse Lingard have all gone on to become key figures under Southgate since facing Spain the last time around, though, and the new-look England came within a whisker of reaching the World Cup final for the first time since 1966 in Russian Federation. Not just losing but being out-played, at times, despite the slender scoreline and the dispute over whether Danny Welbeck's injury-time strike should have stood.

"He took one on the initial challenge, but it looked like his head then struck the ground as he fell", Gary Neville said on Sky Sports.

"He is sat up in the dressing room talking and seems fairly comfortable", Southgate said. "We'll have to assess him a little bit more overnight and tomorrow, but that's definitely a good sign". A post on Shaw's Twitter account said: "I am doing fine and".

"I think we have got to keep faith in the way we're trying to play, otherwise we go back to what we did historically and there's no way I believe we'll ever be a top team if we do that", Southgate added.

"It's hard to tell whether he was unconscious". It's obviously a nasty-looking fall and collision. "We won't take any chances with his health".

In-form Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has also been re-called but the Three Lions will be without Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill who have both announced their retirement from worldwide football.

He has arguably been United's brightest star since his return to regular game-time amid a hard start to the Red Devils' season.

Left-back Chilwell replaces Shaw while forward Gray could replace United's Marcus Rashford who also picked up a knock against Spain.

Having got the assist to put England 1-0 up in the first half, Shaw's return to global football had started brilliantly. "It's a big thing, we've thrown him in today after a few games of the season. But we've been encouraging him to get higher up the pitch and not drop quite as deep, and he got his reward for that".

But goals from Saul Niguez and Rodrigo proved enough for Spain to bounce back and secure victory in new boss Luis Enrique's first game in charge.

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