England boss Gareth Southgate describes Spain as ‘world’s best’

England boss Gareth Southgate has described facing Spain on Monday as ‘the biggest test in world football at the moment’.

The England boss took time to praise his counterpart and ‘top Coach’ Luis Enrique while also speaking of the stylistic differences he has introduced.

“Their style is a little bit different; they've got a new Coach, a top Coach,” Southgate told reporters at his pre-match press conference.

“You can see the difference he's tried to make to the team. They're a little bit more direct, more players with speed in the front three.

“Saul gets in the box from midfield a lot more. Although the style and the philosophy is very similar, tactically it's a bit different.

“It's a bit more of a direct threat in the final third. They had wide players connecting the game from the flank in the World Cup.

“It's as big a test as you can get in European, if not world football, at the moment.

“We were slow to get started at Wembley, but we adapted to their pressure and used the ball a lot better as the game went on.”

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