Luis Enrique commended England’s “world-class” front three for inflicting “severe punishment” on Spain in the UEFA Nations League.
Raheem Sterling’s first international goals since October 2015, either side of Marcus Rashford’s strike, secured a sensational 3-2 victory at the Estadio Benito Villamarin – England’s first win in Spain since 1987.
It was the first time in history that Spain had conceded three goals in a competitive game on home soil, and Luis Enrique was left in no doubt who was responsible.
“Right from the beginning they were fluid,” the Spain boss told his post-match press conference.
“They defended very well, were well positioned in their half and then came out on the counter with world-class players like (Harry) Kane, Rashford and Sterling.
“Sometimes a rival is better than us and they were in the first half. The punishment was severe. We were not expecting to suffer that much.
“They created a lot of transitions on the ball and were very strong. We made mistakes individually under pressure and the goal was medicine for them and venom for us. In the end it became very hurtful.”