Joe Gomez’s fine form continues despite England’s Wembley defeat to Spain

England 1-0 Spain

England were left to ponder their first competitive defeat at Wembley since they lost a Euro 2008 qualifier to Croatia in November 2007, a run stretching back 24 games - and also Southgate's first home defeat as manager. "For me, I have to focus on the job in hand".

When asked whether Welbeck's goal should after he was penalised for a foul on Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, Kane told Sky Sports: "100 per cent".

But Spain, featuring only five of the players that started their last-16 World Cup penalty shootout defeat by Russian Federation, stormed back before halftime through Saul Niguez and Rodrigo.

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.

Thanks to the high pressing of Spain at Wembley these forays forward were seriously curtailed with both time and space being at a premium. They are getting better, but there is still plenty of work to do.

When Paul Gascoigne made his debut for Newcastle United as a substitute against Queens Park Rangers in 1985, Jack Charlton simply said to him, "Gazza, you're going on, enjoy".

Luis Enrique also defended De Gea after he was criticised for his performances at the World Cup and claims the goalkeeper is the best in the world.

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Luis Enrique hails De Gea after victory over England — UEFA Nations League
On Tuesday, Spain will tackle World Cup finalists, and Ramos is looking forward to a reunion with one particular club-mate. The hosts did nearly get one back soon after, only for Rashford to be denied by a superb save from David Gea.

To be fair to the hosts they did start and end the game on top, and the opening goal came via the sort of incisive passing move that not so long ago looked way beyond an England side. Jesse Lingard then opened up play with a delightful flick before Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane got involved to spread the ball to the left flank.

De Gea was heavily criticised by the Spanish press for the nation's failures at the World Cup this summer but remains an outstanding shot-stopper.

"I am especially happy about De Gea's performance", said Enrique.

The game was stopped for over five minutes while Shaw received treatment following a clash with Dani Carvajal.

The England captain was livid after Danny Welbeck saw his 97th-minute strike chalked off for a foul.

Harry Kane has criticised referee Danny Makkelie, who he feels should have allowed England's equaliser against Spain to stand, and the notion of the nation state, which he feels is an artificial construct.

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