Shaw to return to Manchester United as England call up Leicester pair

Shaw to return to Manchester United as England call up Leicester pair

The World Cup semi-finalists must "be fearless enough to stick to their principles" as they aim to become a possession-based side, according to the England manager, despite a humbling 2-1 defeat by Spain in Saturday's UEFA Nations League opener.

But Spain, featuring only five of the players that started their last-16 World Cup penalty shootout defeat by Russian Federation, stormed back before halftime through Saul Niguez and Rodrigo. The FA's chief executive took the slightly perplexing step of publicly warning his highest-profile employee that he should not expect top Premier League money, but he stated his desire to talk on Southgate's return from holiday. The next game in League A of this convoluted competition will be in Rijeka on 12 October against the Croatia side that put them out of the World Cup.

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

"For me, I'm under contract, I'm enjoying the role, I love the challenge of it and that's it really". He's scored a goal and was in the penalty box more.

"But I've got to give the players enormous credit because it was a game where we could've folded and disappeared but we didn't".

The loss of Shaw early in the second half deprived England of a valuable attacking outlet and they struggled to create chances thereafter.

"We knew it was going to be a hard game".

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"He may have mistakes like everybody else, but we have one of the best in the world".

"I think at the moment we have to stick with the plan, stick with what we're doing and just get better at doing it".

"We're seeing that with some of our junior teams".

It sounded as if Southgate, who has made it clear he does not want to keep harking back to the adventures of the World Cup, felt England's defeat by Spain was a reality check.

Most notable was Gomez's forward passing, with the Liverpool defender showcasing a rare ability, or perhaps willingness, to play vertically rather than horizontally.

Southgate also said it was "difficult to tell" if Shaw had lost consciousness on the pitch after the collision, adding: "We'll go through some tests".

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