Enrique slams Spain's first-half display against England

Silvia Morton
October 16, 2018

The boys showed real confidence to go out there against a really good side and not just play, to compete.

They were quite deadly on the counter and scored three times before the half time whistle, becoming the first worldwide side to score three goals in one game against Spain on Spanish soil in a competitive game.

England's game against Spain on Monday has been declared high risk, with a bigger security team drafted in to oversee the UEFA Nations League fixture at the Benito Villamarin than for a Seville derby.

"It wasn't a case of sitting back and soaking up pressure and hitting on the counter attack as I thought we used the ball really well".

England simply have to be encouraged after putting in such a performance and Ross Barkley, who has finally made his way back into the reckoning, didn't do himself much harm with another composed performance.

"England have been brilliant, I've been so impressed".

"Well I can finally say I taught Pickford something.great tackle haha", the 34-year-old posted on Twitter during the game.

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"Now I have a long time to go and think".

Southgate's team scored with every shot they had on target, whilst in terms of overall shots, England had 5 compared to the hosts' 23. The reality of course as well is that in Russia, England lost to Belgium (twice), lost to Croatia, got a lucky win against Tunisia and hammered a hopeless Panama team, their only really convincing win against a decent team was Sweden, relying on hanging on against Colombia before edging it on penalties. He took up some really risky pockets of play and got turned and running at the defence.

"We had to do more than of our share and being compact without the ball was going to be critical".

Hard to pick one for this game as, in spite of the late concession, all of England's players did pretty well.

The concern over Sterling and the damage he was doing Spain in the first half are continued on another page of notes possible written by another coach.

England are now two points group leaders Spain in Group 4, with Croatia a further three points behind in third. Rashford sent a nice ball into space for Sterling, who entered the area with only the goalkeeper to beat and found the top of the net with a superb finish.

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