Man Utd’s Chris Smalling Convinced England Can Match Best Euro Teams

It has been reported that Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is adamant England are competitive with the world’s leading nations.

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England were outclassed by Spain on Friday.

But Smalling says: “For the first 60 minutes we were quite defensively sound as a team and we knew we would get chances on the counter-attack.

“I think we had the better of the chances but we weren’t clinical enough. We had a lot of chances around the edge of the box but if you don’t take your chances against good teams, then you get punished.”

He added: “We thought it was heading for a 1-0 game, 2-0 flatters them, but it was a great goal – I don’t think anyone in the stadium would have expected to see a finish like that.

“We limited their chances and we knew they would have a lot of possession, so we had to wait for our chances.

“Defensively, bar the final 20 minutes, we were quite solid as a team.

“You often learn more from your defeats than you do from your victories.”

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