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Danny Welbeck deserves to start for England against Switzerland

Danny Welbeck deserves to start for England against Switzerland

Spain gave England a World Cup reality check at Wembley as first-half goals from Saul and Rodrigo overturned Marcus Rashford's early opener to claim a 2-1 Nations League victory in Luis Enrique's first game in charge.

A rejuvenated and revitalised England team took full advantage of an easy path to come within a whisker of reaching the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.

Manager Zlatko Dalic and his team of World Cup finalists could sit back on Saturday evening and watch their League A Group 4 rivals go head-to-head at Wembley. We were a bit disjointed in our pressing, but even when you press well against them they have some wonderful players. So, again, he's one we'll assess.

The last meeting between Spain and Croatia came in Euro 2016 when the Balkan nation triumphed 2-1, and there could be value in backing goals at both ends once more.

"We need to asses over the weekend, but I think it's likely we'll need to call some players in", Southgate said. We want to test ourselves against the best and certainly tonight we put up a fight.

"My focus most importantly is on tomorrow night, and building this team to be as competitive as it can be, to keep improving them".

"I think the two defenders tried to block Danny out of it", Southgate said after the match.

Even without the retired David Silva and Andres Iniesta, the visitors still have midfielder maestros like Thiago and Isco, who are attractive to watch at times.

"This was a flawless night, the team picked up a huge victory and we saw a very impressive Spain side", said Saul. At moments we compete and we look like being able to create chances.

"They have a system in Spain that has produced some of the best midfield players in the world ever. A lot of guys who were with us over the summer did not get as much football as they would have liked".

Kane, however, was not humbled by the gulf in class as the England striker raged at Dutch referee Danny Makkelie for ruling out a seemingly fine goal from Welbeck.

The Three Lions also suffered a blow after left-back Luke Shaw was stretchered off with a head injury, but he was later said to be "awake and alert". "I thought it was a good match for him, I saw Aspas train very well, I'm open to changes".


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