There was an expectation in the 81,000 crowd as the game kicked off following the presentation of the World Cup Golden Boot trophy to Harry Kane by England coach Gareth Southgate.
Playing out from the back rather than hoofing clear, England worked the ball to Kane who then found the marauding Shaw on the left and his pass was flawless for Rashford to slot past his Manchester United team mate De Gea.
Spain returned to winning ways with their 2-1 victory over England on Saturday (Sep 8) after their disastrous time at the World Cup but the most striking element of their performance at Wembley was the new identity they are forming under coach Luis Enrique.
Saul (13′) quickly cancelled out Marcus Rashford’s 11th-minute opener for the hosts, before Rodrigo completed the comeback win 19 minutes later. We have created some good chance against Spain.
“But there is a level for us to go to and that is a really good challenge for us over the next couple of years”. “I’ve seen teams fold in similar circumstances”.
‘We tried to press higher up the pitch and it became a little disjointed at times.
England have achieved so much under Southgate.
“We’re seeing that with some of our junior teams”.
England’s strength at set-pieces was one of the key factors for their success at the World Cup, but they were easily outdone for the victor by a simple Thiago Alcantara free-kick that Rodrigo slotted home at the near post.
Thiago Alcantara dominated the midfield for Spain in a similar manner to how Luka Modric did when Croatia denied England their first major tournament final appearance in 52 years.
The Bayern Munich man’s passing was so exemplary that it was fitting both goals came from his assists.
Rashford’s opener, following an 11th-minute Luke Shaw cross, hinted at a performance and result that would extend the team’s post-Russia honeymoon period.
The colour of Harry Kane’s boots, and the pair he was presented with before kick-off on Saturday night, were a reminder of the golden summer England enjoyed at Russian Federation 2018.
The FA then confirmed on Sunday that Shaw had remained at St. George’s Park after sustaining a concussion and would return to Manchester United on Monday.
With the second-half only a few minutes old, and England now trailing by two goals to one, Shaw appeared to catch his head on Carvajal’s leg.
Just ahead of him in midfield, Henderson fared reasonably, providing some useful balls over the top to utilise Rashford’s pace, but Sky Sports co-commentator Gary Neville was critical of his role in Rodrigo’s victor.
At times his previous goals have come outside the box and we know he can hit the ball.