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Gareth Southgate determined to turn England into world beaters

Gareth Southgate determined to turn England into world beaters

The Spaniard put Mohamed Salah out of the Champions League final in May with a heavy challenge, sending Liverpool fans into a fit of rage so intense they actually put together a petition for the game to be replayed.

England got their UEFA Nation's League campaign off to a losing start on Saturday, with the Three Lions losing 2-1 to Spain in their first competitive defeat at Wembley since a Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia in November 2007.

But Spain, featuring only five of the players that started their last-16 World Cup penalty shootout defeat by Russian Federation, stormed back before halftime through Saul Niguez and Rodrigo.

Manchester United star Luke Shaw had to be taken off during England's match against Spain.

There will be frustration at the ease with which Saul Niguez swept in the equaliser - just 120 seconds after England scored - and how sloppily the winning goal from a free kick was conceded, when the zonal marking system was undone and Rodrigo ran free to tuck home Thiago's delivery.

Luke Shaw considered retiring after a horrific injury that could have seen his right leg amputated three years ago, but the Manchester United left-back believes he is finally fully fit and ready to deliver on his potential after earning an England recall.

"In the second half we knew how to cope under pressure and that's an important thing for us, that we stuck together in tough moments like in the second half".

Tensions are brewing between Le’Veon Bell and teammates
The Steelers are 3.5-point favorites at Cleveland in Week 1 (opened at -6.5) and remain 10-1 to win the Super Bowl. Bell has not signed the tender, valued at $14.54 million, and has not reported to the team.

Play had to be stopped for around 10 minutes and he was treated by 10 medical staff before being carried from the field on a stretcher, in a neck brace and being given oxygen.

The incident silenced the crowd and seemed to distract the hosts whose sloppiness invited Spanish pressure.

"He knows we have real belief in him", Southgate said.

"But I'm proud of the way we finished the game". We have two of the world's best teams in our group.

"That's what I want, to reduce the space and press a lot and against a team with three defenders it was very hard", Luis Enrique said.

England reached the semi-finals in Russian Federation, but lost to Croatia and then fell to Belgium in the third-place game.


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