Manchester United's Luke Shaw stretchered off on England duty vs. Spain

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Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane reacts after England lose to Spain.

The game would end in defeat for England, who were deservedly beaten by their technically superior opponents.

Southgate's team included the returning Luke Shaw and Joe Gomez, with both players impressing as Shaw set up Rashford's opener and Gomez looking composed throughout.

Spain's easy-on-the-eye style began to pick holes in England as the likes of Isco, Alcantara and Saul Niguez took charge.

There was some relief for England, though, as left-back Luke Shaw confirmed he is fine after being stretchered off early in the second half with a nasty head injury.

The game opened up in the closing minutes as England pushed for an equaliser, with Rashford shooting right at De Gea after being played into the penalty area with a neat ball from Harry Kane.

"But there is a level for us to go to and that is a really good challenge for us over the next couple of years".

It is a similar challenge with La Roja, who crashed out of the World Cup in Russian Federation at the round of 16 after the shock exit of coach Julen Lopetegui days before the start of the tournament. "Of that type of player, they've produced more than any other team in the world".

Luis Enrique makes an impression on everyone.

Without moving away from possession football, Spain can modify the approach and Luis Enrique is already working on this.

The back four also looked settled - although Inigo Martinez and Raul Albiol are alternatives to Nacho alongside Sergio Ramos.

United manager Jose Mourinho was in the stands at Wembley watching on.

The likes of Joe Hart, Gary Cahill, Jamie Vardy, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere have all gone, with Wayne Rooney - not involved that night - also no longer in the picture.

They ultimately fell short, but Southgate was brought in to pull England out of its worldwide malaise, and he has succeeded. Spain made a good start though with the win at Wembley.

However, for all those hurdles negotiated in what was a golden summer for the Three Lions there remains a sense that getting the better of the top teams is a step too far.

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