Gareth Southgate assesses England's defeat to Spain

Spain celebrate after beating England in their UEFA Nations League fixture

Spain celebrate after beating England in their UEFA Nations League fixture

Midfielder Saul Niguez made the biggest impact of the new additions to the team throughout the game, giving them a thrust and directness which was lacking in Russian Federation, where they dominated possession but lacked spark and ideas, and also providing Spain's equaliser after Marcus Rashford had put England ahead.

Kane, who scored six goals in seven games, was presented with the award by England manager Gareth Southgate before kick-off.

Luke Shaw insisted he is "doing fine" after being stretchered off with a nasty-looking head injury on his first England start for three years in a 2-1 defeat to Spain on Saturday.

England rallied late on - perhaps buoyed by positive news from the dressing room about the left-back's condition - and looked to have snatched a draw through substitute Danny Welbeck. I'll see what I can do.

"We're under no illusions that Spain were the better team for long periods of that but they are brilliant at what they do and we are in the early stages of what we're trying to do".

"We know the quality they possess".

"But I've got to give the players enormous credit because it was a game where we could've folded and disappeared but we didn't".

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Never was that more apparent than the game that stood out on this evening: with Djokovic serving while down 4-3 in the second set. The eighth game was an epic, lasting over 20 minutes and featuring eight deuces before Djokovic withstood the pressure to hold.

"Their retention of the ball was top class". He allowed the players the morning off and liberated them from having to wake up at any particular time for breakfast.

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

"He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, he is proving it in the Premier League week-in, week-out and I never had any doubts".

"So, given where we're at and we need those experiences to improve, I couldn't ask any more of the players".

'When you think about the whole match, we deserved to win'.

Weighing up England's most talented players against the likes of Spain's Andres Iniesta, Xavi and David Silva, Southgate said: "The only one in my lifetime is Paul Gascoigne and I'm not sure he was developed, I think he was a effect of a unique talent".

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