Kane rages at referee as Spain puncture England's feel-good factor

Posted September 11, 2018

England's first worldwide match since their run to the World Cup semi-final at the World Cup earlier this summer ended in defeat, with Gareth Southgate's young side slipping to a 2-1 loss to Spain tonight at Wembley.

But referee Danny Makkelie infuriated the hosts by ruling that the forward had fouled David De Gea when collecting a high ball, leading to sharp words from captain Kane.

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.

Marcus Rashford gave England the flawless start with an 11th-minute strike from Luke Shaw's pass but Spain responded with an nearly instant equaliser thanks to Saul Niguez's low finish.

Manchester United's Shaw was stretchered off following a collision with Dani Carvajal and will miss out, while Dele Alli has withdrawn from the squad over fitness concerns.

England's narrow defeat by Spain in their UEFA Nations League opener was their third successive loss but manager Gareth Southgate said on Monday that developing the team was more important to him than bettering his win record.

"Everything I do is for the good of my team, it doesn't matter about me being important in the national team". "We probably created the better chances throughout the game". We have several players where we have to watch how much they play.

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The ex-Tottenham, Newcastle, Lazio and Rangers star, who played with Southgate for England at Euro 96, joked he would get his boots ready for the Switzerland friendly on Tuesday.

When asked what he thought about the referee decision after the game, Enrique told Sky Sports "I couldn't see, it was hard, David De Gea told me he was fouled".

"Spain came from behind to win against England and did so by showing the same personality as their coach".

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

"But if I have to talk about the best in the world, the prize of the best player would be given to Leo Messi, who is one step above the rest".

These were the sort of mistakes that appeared during the World Cup in Russian Federation but were overlooked as mass hysteria gripped the nation at the team's unexpected access to the business end of the tournament.

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