Jordan Henderson admits England struggle

Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson has admitted that he found England’s game against Spain difficult.

The Liverpool skipper was deployed as a lone defensive midfielder at Wembley on Saturday while Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli played in front of him. Spain dominated and secured a 2-1 win over the Three Lions in a game that brought back memories of England’s defeat to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final.

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Marcus Rashford gave England an 11th-minute lead but Spain responded with an almost instant equaliser thanks to Saul Niguez. Rodrigo Moreno scored the winner for Spain from close range after 32 minutes. It was England’s first competitive defeat at Wembley since November 2007 and Gareth Southgate’s first home defeat as manager.

Commenting on the match, Henderson said: “It was tough. We tried to press higher up the pitch and it became a little disjointed at times. We managed to score a good goal but then conceded straight after, which we were disappointed with.

“It is difficult in the midfield because there are lots of bodies. When you’re in a three you are covering a lot of ground. But in the second half we coped a little better. As the game went on we created more chances.”

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