Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

England defender Shaw vows to be 'back soon' after injury

England defender Shaw vows to be 'back soon' after injury

Despite the disappointment of defeat in his side's first outing since they finished fourth at the World Cup in Russia, Kane praised his team-mates' efforts.

"You have an idea of what you expect from someone and after the training session he shows you that he's something else", Luis Enrique said.

A big feature of England's best run at a World Cup for 28 years was how their three-man backline, and Harry Maguire in particular, were able to bring the ball out of defence.

Gareth Southgate gave a start to Marcus Rashford, a player now struggling to make his mark with Manchester United this season.

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

"It was a really good team performance and there were some outstanding individual performances and a lot of players who came of age on an global stage". "There were stages when they had the ball and it was hard for us, but we had a good spell throughout the game as well". Shaw connected with a header as he challenged Dani Carvajal for the ball but collided with the Spain defender, fell backward and his head bounced off the ground.

"It takes time. We've come a long way in a short space of time and today was as tough a test as you could have against a team that presses like that and are so good in possession".

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The win was sealed when Thiem missed a hard overhead smash long, and Nadal looked to the sky, equal parts overjoyed and relieved. The tired combatants held serve throughout the fifth - including one triple break point for Nadal - into another tiebreak.

"At the moment, we have had initial discussions", he told a news conference.

Saul's lively performance had the Spanish media asking why he did not play a single minute at the World Cup despite being part of the squad, while forward Rodrigo, scorer of the winning goal, also gave the team a more direct feel.

England were forced into a change early on in the second half after a sickening clash of heads left Shaw needing seven minutes of treatment by a posse of medics before being carried off the pitch on a stretcher.

"I am especially happy about De Gea's performance", said Enrique.

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

Winning his first game in charge against England gives Luis Enrique a ideal start, and even with the recent retirements of Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and David Silva, he still has great quality to work with.

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