Luis Enrique's first concession to his Spain players

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But Trippier, who starred in Russian Federation this summer, warned against pessimism after England had led through Marcus Rashford's well-worked early goal. Coach Gareth Southgate lost Manchester United defender Luke Shaw to a head injury shortly after the interval and pressed hard for an equaliser as the game entered its final stages.

In terms of chances, Luis Enrique's side did not create that many of note.

"100%, in the big moments you need the referee to stay strong but unfortunately he has bottled it".

"So now the ref's given a foul".

"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".

David De Gea claimed he was fouled by Danny Welbeck. He hasn't gone to foul him or anything, and the ball's dropped. 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.

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

"It was hard but we had good spells in the game and we probably created the better chances".

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.

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.

"I think it's clear for everybody to see that it should have been a goal".

'We want to test ourselves against the best and we put up a fight.

"Their retention of the ball was top class".

"Yeah, a little bit", said Liverpool captain Henderson. He allowed the players the morning off and liberated them from having to wake up at any particular time for breakfast. After the media, the anti-doping, the trip, it was a very late night.

The side we saw in Russian Federation did not possess the finesse, exuberance and explosiveness of France or Belgium - in my view the best two teams in the tournament - but were free of the mental shackles that may have hindered other England players in the past.

Some would argue that the overflow of foreign players filling the Premier League and the clubs academies are the issue, but Southgate does not believe that would have prevented Gascoigne, pictured inset, breaking through.

When asked what he thought about the referee decision after the game, Enrique told Sky Sports "I couldn't see, it was hard, David De Gea told me he was fouled".

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

"Going by numbers and performances, he is world's number one".