Spain give England post-World Cup reality check with Nations League win

Fresh Luke Shaw Injury Reportedly Not As Bad As First Appeared

"You get an idea of what you expect from someone, and then the training shows you it's something else, you can be surprised", Luis Enrique said.

Eight weeks after their memorable World Cup run was ended by Croatia in the semi-finals, the optimism sweeping England looked justified as Marcus Rashford scored a superb early opener.

After struggling last season to convince Jose Mourinho he was worth a place in the team, he has started the current campaign in impressive fashion and his contribution on Saturday before his injury will have impressed Southgate.

Late substitute Danny Welbeck saw a last-gasp equaliser controversially chalked off as the referee deemed the Arsenal man had fouled Spain goalkeeper David de Gea before turning the ball home.

"I didn't know Luis Enrique personally before now, but the first contact has been positive regardless of the speculation that may have existed", he said in a press conference.

"It will be a tough match, so I think a draw would be good for us".

"I don't want to go into detail because I don't want to distract from the game". England's players are some of the best in the world, of course, but when it comes to such precision, it was clear they are still some way off. "I said right across the summer, we're under no illusions about that, but also we are prepared for that challenge". 'We are building and that is all we can do, play against these teams. "We want to test ourselves against the best and certainly we put up a fight [against Spain]".

"At the moment we have had initial discussions but that has been it".

"As the game wore on, we started to work that out and I thought Eric (Dier) provided some stability for us, and him and John (Stones) being able to rotate positions allowed us to play through midfield better".

After the break, Luke Shaw departed the pitch on a stretcher after a terrible collision with Dani Carvajal.

Winning his first game in charge against England gives Luis Enrique a flawless start, and even with the recent retirements of Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and David Silva, he still has great quality to work with.

"We have to think about the whole match and I think we deserved to win".

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