Luke Shaw Was Having An Excellent Game Before His Injury
Luke Shaw was the biggest story of the night as England lost their opener in the UEFA Nations League against Spain and the Manchester United full back was having a good night before being stretchered off.
Amidst the dying glow from the run to the World Cup semi-final England were brought back down to earth with a 2-1 loss against a Spain side who had a disappointing time in Russia, being knocked out by the hosts in the last 16.
It wasn't as simple as England losing 2-1 to a better side though as Gareth Southgate's side led through Marcus Rashford, who should have equalised late on, and then saw Danny Welbeck's equaliser harshly ruled out as the game came to a close.
The biggest story of the night, and the moment that perhaps most affected England, was Luke Shaw going off injured early in the second half. The Manchester United left back had earned his place in the starting line up after three difficult seasons with a good start to this term.
Life started well for him on Saturday night only for an accidental collision with Dani Carvajal to force him to be stretchered off. His match stats prove how well he'd started:
:flag_black: Luke Shaw's game by numbers vs. Spain:- SPORTbible (@sportbible) September 8, 2018
:athletic_shoe: 34 touches
:soccer: 88% pass completion
:arrow_upper_right: 9 final-third passes
:no_entry_sign: 3 clearances
:white_check_mark: 2 chances created
:dart: 1 assist
Luke Shaw's brilliant form sadly cut short by injury again! :disappointed_relieved::pray: pic.twitter.com/V3tNnzhQLC
The injury was a really worrying moment for England fans as it took around six minutes for Shaw to be safely stretchered off and a huge shame for the 23 year old who has had no luck with injuries in the past three years.
Fortunately there was good news from the FA that he was back awake and and alert, although they confirmed he would be monitored overnight:
Update on @LukeShaw23:- England (@England) September 8, 2018
Luke is awake and alert, having been assessed by our doctor and given an X-ray.
He'll stay with us overnight for further observation, with another update to come in the morning. pic.twitter.com/OZ7EV1SDWb
Shaw was replaced by Danny Rose but the Spurs full back couldn't help overturn the deficit on the 2010 World champions as England started the Nations League with a loss.
The team play Switzerland in a friendly on Tuesday before they face Croatia and Spain away in the tournament in October, where they'll hope to exact revenge on recent losses to both sides.
Hopefully Shaw will be back in action soon enough and back playing for England.