Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
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England captain Kane accuses referee of 'bottling it' during Spain defeat

England captain Kane accuses referee of 'bottling it' during Spain defeat

"If you look at the three midfielders for Spain - Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcantara and Isco - they are three midfielders who can keep the ball and create".

England have achieved so much under Southgate. Not quite. But these matters always tend to take longer than anticipated.

"I want to be in games that matter". I believe I've been through an experience that is as pressured as you're ever going to face, at any club or worldwide team, so I'm totally comfortable, and what's beyond that is to be decided.

He did also make the point, however, that he is acutely aware it will not get any easier for England. Probably not, so how is that England Under-20 World Cup-winning team going to grow if the players aren't playing regularly for their clubs.

Had the equaliser been given, it would have been a fair reward for England's improved second half performance, Kane believes, despite having less of the ball than Spain.

A near capacity 90,000 crowd at Wembley came to show their appreciation of England's run to the semi-finals in Russian Federation for the first time in 28 years.

'Marcus Rashford had a great impact on the game.

The Manchester United left-back was making his first global start in three years after battling back from a broken leg and loss of form in the past two seasons. This time it was different.


Southgate is, sensibly, resisting the calls but is aware of the reality check of England losing to Spain. "He scored a goal and he was in the penalty box more".

"We aren't able to do that when teams press high against us yet".

England take on Switzerland in an International Friendly on Tuesday night at the King Power Stadium, live on Sky Sports Main Event. We both have the same objective and before judging someone I like to meet them for myself in person. "We are talking about a player of a top level".

Ruben Loftus-Cheek can expect to start. Joe Gomez's defending was excellent.

Southgate said the goal should have stood but admitted his side had struggled to counter Spain's passing game. England have never lost more than three matches in a row throughout 146 years of global football.

"We have to think about the whole match and I think we deserved to win".

"We're seeing that with some of our junior teams". We can go back to an old style but we will never be a top team. "I think after the next few months we will be very clear". "If anybody wasn't aware of it, then yes", he said.

"We hung in there and in the last 25 or 30 minutes we really came into the game, kept the ball a lot better and created some good chances and could well have got a draw out of it".

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