Direct Spain have new identity after Luis Enrique makeover

Fresh Luke Shaw Injury Reportedly Not As Bad As First Appeared

Against England, Spain had far less possession than they were used to under World Cup caretaker coach Fernando Hierro and predecessors Julen Lopetegui and Vicente del Bosque but played with more objective and were more direct than before.

Despite the "bottler" jibe from Harry Kane, Gareth Southgate must have feared the homecoming might turn out this way, with a slap in the face to shrug England out of all the giddiness of their World Cup's exploits.

To mark the occasion, the Spurs striker wore a special pair of gold boots for the clash with the 2010 world champions.

In a clip that is doing the rounds, "Lucho" gave the La Roja skipper a special greeting when they linked up for the first time ahead of UEFA Nations League games against England and Croatia.

With the second-half only a few minutes old, and England now trailing by two goals to one, Shaw appeared to catch his head on Carvajal's leg.

A new era has started in midfield as well as the dugout for Spain, with the victory over England their first match since the global retirement of Andres Iniesta.

But Saul Niguez and Rodrigo turned the match on its head as Spain ran out 2-1 victors on a night when Shaw's nasty-looking injury early in the second half took the sting out of proceedings.

England's Jordan Henderson during the FIFA World Cup Group G match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Kane rages at ref as Spain puncture England’s feel-good factor

After struggling last season to convince Jose Mourinho he was worth a place in the team, he has started the current campaign in impressive fashion and his contribution on Saturday before his injury will have impressed Southgate. Of that type of player, they've produced more than any other team in the world.

"But over the 90 minutes we have to accept that Spain were better than us for long periods of the game". 'Me and the defenders were challenging for the ball.

"If anybody wasn't aware of it, then yes [it is a reality check]", Southgate said.

"Winning like this on this stage will do us a lot of good and we've started in the best way possible but in football the only thing that matters is the present".

"But if I have to talk about the best in the world, the prize of the best player would be given to Leo Messi, who is one step above the rest".

"But I'm proud of the way we finished the game".

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