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Spain Defeats England In Friendly

Spain took a 2-0 win over England in an international friendly in Alicante on Friday after goals by Mario Gaspar and Santi Cazorla.

Mario Gaspar gave Spain the lead in the 72nd minute, and Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla made it 2-0 in the 84th minute.

England manager Roy Hodgson admitted that they have some catching up do if they are to be able to compete with the Spaniards at Euro 2016.

“We have to see,” Hodgson told The Daily Mirror after the game.

“The gap might be a gap in terms of their style of play, which is very possession-based, and our style of play, which is probably less possession-based.

“We use counter-attacks with our very quick forwards and use that weapon, if you like.

“If you’re asking, ‘Are we going to be able to match them in that unbelievably clever passing game?’ Perhaps we can’t. But we don’t need to do that.

“We saw at the World Cup that they, like ourselves, didn’t have a good World Cup. But they are a good team and we have a bit to do and I’m hoping in the months ahead and a stronger squad to choose from we’ll become better.”

England is suffering from a large number of injuries as Hodgson was without Leighton Baines, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Luke Shaw, Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, and Daniel Sturridge. Hodgson will be hoping a good numbers of those players will get healthy in time for the tournament next summer in France.

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