Gareth Southgate determined to turn England into world beaters

Gareth Southgate determined to turn England into world beaters

Despite the joy at reaching the last four in Russia, England have now lost three consecutive games for the first time in 30 years.

"Thank you for all the love and support I am doing fine and am in the best hands", a post from Shaw's Twitter account said after England's 2-1 loss in the UEFA Nations League game. They are getting better, but there is still plenty of work to do.

England weathered the storm though and with Spain content to sit back, they pressed late on for an equaliser and should have had one when Welbeck rolled home after De Gea's fumble only to be harshly penalised for fouling the keeper.

Southgate, who is emerging as one of the most likeable managers in world football; who treats the media with respect and does not bombard journalists with inane cliches as if they were fools, has already started to leave his mark on the national team.

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

He also brought such a tempo to proceedings that Spain looked a big upgrade on the ponderous outfit that had performed so poorly at the World Cup.

England's Luke Shaw raised concerns after landing heavily and banging his head. Another viewing of replays might have reversed the decision to rule out Danny Welbeck's stoppage time goal for a foul on David De Gea when the goalkeeper went to collect a high ball.

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Ultimately, England is still lacking technically gifted midfielders with enough big-game experience, while Spain could deploy Saul, Isco and Thiago Alcantra.

But with Spain 2-1 up, Shaw collided with visiting right-back Dani Carvajal and hit his head heavily on the turf before lying motionless in the 47th minute.

La Roja ramped up the pressure for the rest of the half as they were able to keep possession easily whether that be in their own defensive third when they were pressed high by the opposition or in the final third as they patiently circulated the ball around.

Danny Rose came on for Shaw at left-back as the tempo of the match slowed immediately following the Manchester United player being carried off the field, with neither side fashioning any real chances in the following 15 minutes.

De Gea had been labelled as one of the main culprits for Spain's poor showing in being knocked out by the hosts at the last 16 in Russian Federation as he made just one save in the whole competition.

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