Luis Enrique slams Spain's first-half display against England

Doug Mendoza
October 16, 2018

He also calls England captain Harry Kane's first-half performance "a sheer masterclass" but did credit Spain with "taking the game to England" after the break.

Southgate, who feels the win will bode his young squad well for future challenges, was particularly happy with the contribution of his front three, Sterling (who ended a 27-game wait for an global goal), Rashford and Harry Kane.

Former Liverpool stars, Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp have showered praise on England's front three after a stunning first-half performance during a 3-2 win against Spain in Seville on Monday.

The hosts were stunned and struggled to deal with the effervescent English, who would score again before the break, with Sterling netting his second of the game after a superb ball from Ross Barkley found Harry Kane in the box. "We won't get carried away, we know there's lots to work on and we conceded two really poor goals, but I think it will give them huge belief". "I'm delighted and now we have to keep building".

"As a forward you go through patches, but I am forgetting about looking nice and concentrating on getting in behind and causing havoc".

Headers from Paco Alcacer and Sergio Ramos, the latter right on full-time, pulled Spain back to within a goal but could not prevent their first defeat in a competitive home fixture for 15 years.

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"I haven't scored for a while for England so it was frustration, all the pressure, it all comes out in the celebration".

Given all that's gone before, if one player deserved an global break of a different kind, it is Raheem Sterling.

Despite the loss, Spain stayed ahead in Group 4 of the top-tier League A with two more points than England after three matches. The Three Lions went into Monday's clash against La Roja, having won just one of their last five games in all competitions. "We came out of the blocks firing, great pressing".

"Now we have another chance against Croatia".

"The variation of angles and styles to a mere three passes that traversed the length of the pitch made it all the more thrilling, before the glorious abandon of the finish".

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