Kane lashes out at concept of nationhood, Spain referee

Virginia Santiago
September 11, 2018

Having started his first game back in the English team superbly, the Manchester United full-back played an exquisite pass into his club-mate Marcus Rashford for England's opener. "That focus will come on me and I'm not concerned about it".

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.

However, Spain showed at Wembley how far England still have to go before they can count themselves as a serious worldwide force.

As England increasingly went long as a response to the hassling and harrying of Spain's front three, the outstanding Thiago took charge.

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The 27-year-old was held accountable by many following Spain's early exit from the World Cup during the summer, but new boss Enrique insists that he was always confident the ex-Atletico Madrid stopper would return to his best form.

"Look at those who have gone and those that come into the team". Jesse Lingard then opened up play with a delightful flick before Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane got involved to spread the ball to the left flank.

The second half was overshadowed by a nasty-looking head injury sustained by England left back Luke Shaw who needed lengthy treatment after an accidental clash.

When asked what he thought about the decision, Luis Enrique replied: 'I couldn't see, it was hard, David De Gea told me he was fouled.

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England weathered the storm though and pressed late on for an equaliser with De Gea forced into several good saves. "They are big moments and you need the ref to stay strong but unfortunately he's bottled it", said Kane when asked whether or not the goal should have stood, as quoted by Sky Sports.

The England captain was livid after Danny Welbeck saw his 97th-minute strike chalked off for a foul.

De Gea was subject to vociferous attacks by sections of the public and the media for his performances with Spain in Russian Federation at the World Cup 2018.

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