The UEFA Nations League looks like it will be a real test for Gareth Southgate’s England.
In their first game since the World Cup, the Three Lions showed signs of quality and improvement, but were ultimately undone by Luis Enrique’s Spain side.
Just like the Croatia game – a country they will also play in the Nations League – England lacked the quality in midfield for large parts of the game.
Jordan Henderson and Dele Alli really struggled, while Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcantara and Saul Niguez oozed class throughout.
It was a significant learning curve for England and a very good test, which is exactly why the Nations League has been put in place.
One thing that alerted a lot of people on Twitter throughout the game was the Wembley crowd booing every time Sergio Ramos touched the ball.
Real Madrid and Spain’s captain was subjected to a hostile welcome due to his tackle on Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final.
It was pretty unfair and Ramos’ words after the game will certainly have those booing him feeling pretty humbled.
“I would have liked another reception,” he told the media after the game.
“They remember one action in the final, but nobody remembers the death threats that my family and my children received.”
You have to admire his bravery to admit such a thing, another testament to his character and strong will.
The fact he actually received death threats shows just how out of hand and pathetic the situation with Salah has become.
At the end of the day, it was a simple routine foul which unfortunately caused an injury.
Ramos was pleased with the performance of Spain in their new era under Enrique.
“We have started a new era with a coach who has a lot of experience and there was no better way to do that than with a win at Wembley,” he added.
“Failure is when the team doesn’t have any soul, but today we gave everything and that is the minimum required at Real Madrid and the national team.”