Cahill: Result flattered Spain, but we’re confident

Date published: Monday 16th November 2015 8:10

Gary Cahill (left): Believes result flattered Spain against England

Gary Cahill says there is no chance of England’s players losing their confidence after a defeat in Spain which he believes flattered the hosts.

After winning all 10 of their Euro 2016 qualifiers, England were given a reality check by holders Spain in Alicante last Friday.

England held their own in the first half of the friendly but could not cope with Spain’s dominance after the break and ended up losing 2-0 thanks to goals from Mario Gaspar and Santi Cazorla.

In fairness to England, they did create chances against the European champions. Ryan Bertrand and Raheem Sterling impressed down the left, while Harry Kane went close with a venomous drive which flew a foot wide of Iker Casillas’ goal.

Gary Cahill does not believe England were outclassed on the Costa Blanca.

“We knew it was going to be tough, we knew the ability they had and I thought the result flattered them, even though they had a lot of the ball,” the England vice-captain said.

“For 70 minutes, I thought we were well in the game, but goals change games, it was a special goal and it opened it up.”

Cahill insists England will be up for the friendly against France at Wembley despite the defeat to the Spanish.

“There’s no reason for any confidence to drain out,” the Chelsea defender said.

“The manager is going to change the team over the games, get players game time so there’s that element to it.

“But there’s no reason whatsoever why we should be low on confidence after one game. We’ve had a great run and that was our first defeat.

“If we had won the two games then we’d be told we can go on and win the Euros. If we lost them both then it would be the other way.”

Cahill is looking forward to the return of Wayne Rooney, who will lead the team out at Wembley after starting from the bench in Spain.

Cahill said: “He’s a leader, he’s captain and a top player so he represents what we’re all about as a country.

“We’re aiming to go as far as we can (in the Euros). We’ve had a good qualifying campaign, going to get some good tests in these friendlies and of course we’re a better team with Wayne Rooney in it.”

Kane reiterated Cahill’s thoughts that there is no need to go overboard about the defeat to Spain.

“People need to stay patient,” the Tottenham striker said.

“We’re not going to win every game. We’re playing these teams for a reason, to get experience.

“We’ve got to stay confident. We know what we want to do and what we want to achieve.

“We’ve got another tough test against France (on Tuesday), which we want to win.

“We’ve got to keep doing things right, don’t panic and go from there.”

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