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Spain Defeat Exposes England’s Midfield Frailty

England began their UEFA Nations League campaign with a 2-1 defeat to Spain on Saturday night after a bright start fizzled out in familiar fashion. Gareth Southgate’s men were a little unfortunate to lose, given that there appeared to be little wrong with Danny Welbeck’s injury time goal that was ruled out for a foul on David De Gea.

However, the reality for Southgate is that his side has now lost three successive competitive matches against Croatia, Belgium and Spain, highlighting just how much progress needs to be made if they are to be considered serious contenders to win Euro2020.

England started well and took the lead through Marcus Rashford, but Spain quickly levelled before taking a firm grip on the game in the same way Croatia did in July’s World Cup semi-final, dominating the midfield.

Wembley will host the final of Euro 2020 as well as both semi-finals and the potential for home advantage should they reach the latter stages will play in England’s favour. However, they don’t look great value at best odds of 17/2* with Paddy Power, especially when defending champions Portugal can be backed at 16/1 and Croatia are a 25/1* chance with Bet365.

World Cup winners France, who lost to Portugal in the final two years ago, are the market leaders at best odds of 9/2* with Paddy Power.

*All odds quoted are subject to change