Thankfully the prognosis was upbeat later as England’s medical team confirmed that it was not as serious as the 81,000 fans inside Wembley Stadium had at first feared.
‘The ref gave a foul and personally I don’t understand how it was a foul’.
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.
Not only did the quality of his delivery take out two Spanish defenders but goalkeeper David De Gea did not know whether to come or stay and Rashford gleefully took advantage with a first-time finish.
“They passed it around very well in the first half, we talked about that coming out into the second. I said right across the summer, we’re under no illusions about that, but also we are prepared for that challenge”.
“At the moment we have had initial discussions but that has been it”. “There are obviously some older ones who have good goalscoring records at club level but I’m not sure that’s necessarily the route we want to go”. “We are building and that is all we can do, play against these teams”.
Southgate said the goal should have stood but admitted his side had struggled to counter Spain’s passing game.
“I asked David De Gea and he told me he was fouled, but I don’t know”.
Saul made just three appearances during World Cup qualifying for La Roja and watched all four matches of their turbulent campaign in Russian Federation, which ended with a last-16 penalty shoot-out loss to the hosts, from the bench.
It’s not the typical match-up you would expect to be highlighted ahead of an England game, especially with the Premier League stars that will be gracing the pitch, but the battle of the full backs might well decide the outcome of the match.
But the former Barcelona manager said he was happy with what he saw: “The thing I liked most tonight was the attitude of my players, “.
“We’ll have to assess him a little bit more overnight but that’s definitely a good sign”. We represent England and it’s great to play around the country.
Thinking about it, who better could you think of to have led Spain out of the doldrums after Russian Federation?