Gareth Southgate determined to turn England into world beaters

England manager Gareth Southgate and striker Marcus Rashford

England manager Gareth Southgate and striker Marcus Rashford

Spain returned to winning ways with their 2-1 victory over England on Saturday (Sep 8) after their disastrous time at the World Cup but the most striking element of their performance at Wembley was the new identity they are forming under coach Luis Enrique.

The Spaniard put Mohamed Salah out of the Champions League final in May with a heavy challenge, sending Liverpool fans into a fit of rage so intense they actually put together a petition for the game to be replayed.

Spain, who bowed out in the World Cup last-16 after a torrid campaign, nevertheless showed the benefits of a long-established identity and a level of creativity sorely lacking in England's midfield.

It means for all the optimism surrounding Gareth Southgate's side, England have lost three competitive matches in a row. He's scored a goal and was in the penalty box more.

Harry Kane released Shaw down the left and the full-back picked out his Manchester United team-mate Rashford with a precision pass that was slotted past David de Gea in the 11th minute.

Spain's easy-on-the-eye style began to pick holes in England as the likes of Isco, Alcantara and Saul Niguez took charge.

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Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi , who is a five-time Ballon d'Or victor , missed out on a place in the top three. Holland's Sarina Wigman, Lyon's Reynald Pedros and Asako Takakura of Japan are in contention for the women's coach prize.

Play had to be stopped for around 10 minutes and he was treated by 10 medical staff before being carried from the field on a stretcher, in a neck brace and being given oxygen.

The loss of Shaw early in the second half deprived England of a valuable attacking outlet and they struggled to create chances thereafter.

England weathered the storm though and pressed late on for an equaliser with De Gea forced into several good saves.

The Three Lions came close to equalising in injury time after De Dea dropped the ball on Welbeck before the Arsenal forward finished from close range. "We have to give the other players a start", the manager said. He made some bold decisions, not least the selection of Joe Gomez at the expense of Kyle Walker when the Manchester City defender is still considered worthy of a place in Pep Guardiola's team.

England reached the semi-finals in Russian Federation, but lost to Croatia and then fell to Belgium in the third-place game.

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