England 1-2 Spain: Hosts lose Nations League opener at Wembley

England manager Gareth Southgate and striker Marcus Rashford

England manager Gareth Southgate and striker Marcus Rashford

England manager, Gareth Southgate seemed reasonably happy with Shaw's condition immediately after the game.

Manchester United have been dealt another blow after Marcus Rashford suffered a suspected hamstring injury during England's defeat to Spain on Saturday night.

Luke Shaw allayed concerns over his well-being after sustaining a sickening-looking injury that overshadowed England's UEFA Nations League opener against Spain.

They led for only two minutes against Spain after Marcus Rashford's strike which was set up by Manchester United teammate Luke Shaw in the 11th minute of the Group 4 game.

Despite the disallowed goal, England will need to improve going into next month's match against World Cup finalists Croatia - a team whose technical and tactical nous is able to compete against any side in the world.

Goals from Saul and Rodrigo saw Spain move back on top in the clash at Wembley, which finished 2-1. Shaw appeared to be wearing an oxygen mask as he was stabilised on a stretcher and then wheeled off the field.




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.

"In the second half we knew how to cope under pressure and that's an important thing for us, that we stuck together in tough moments like in the second half". Danny Rose came on to replace him.

He was fortunate though when he dropped the ball under pressure from Welbeck in stoppage time and the Arsenal man rolled home only to have his celebrations cut short.

And though backed by a packed-out Wembley and the tiresome England Band, Southgate's side were unable to restore parity.

"We have to expect that Spain were better than us for long periods of the game", Southgate said.

As the game wore out we started to work that out and I think Eric (Dier) provided some stability for us. "I've seen teams fold in similar circumstances".

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