England goalkeeper criticises ‘third division’ venue after Spain defeat

first_img1 Joe Hart lashed out at the decision to play England’s 2-0 defeat to Spain at the home of third-tier club Hercules.England’s 15-match unbeaten run came to an end in Alicante as Spain comfortably beat Hodgson’s team thanks to goals from Mario Gaspar and Santi Cazorla.Gaspar put the European champions ahead with a stunning acrobatic volley and Cazorla took advantage of some slack defending by curling in the winner eight minutes from time.Hart had no complaints about the result – Spain were good value for the win – but he was deeply unhappy that such a prestige fixture took place at the Estadio Jose Rico Perez, the home of Segunda Division B side Hercules.”It’s strange how we’ve ended up playing on a Third Division pitch for a game like England v Spain,” said Hart, who captained the team in Wayne Rooney’s absence.“It wasn’t good enough, I’m not making excuses.”Hart admitted he was deeply unhappy at seeing England’s unbeaten run, which had stretched back to the World Cup, come to an end.“I’m upset,” the England goalkeeper said.“We’ve done well for a long time now so it’s difficult when we do lose.”We had some chances, we were in the game. We need to dust ourselves off and perform better against France (on Tuesday).”We did break through Spain and we did that on enough occasions but after that we let ourselves down a little bit.’Roy Hodgson lamented England’s poor ball retention on the Costa Blanca.Fabian Delph was guilty of giving the ball away on several occasions and Raheem Sterling surrendered the ball in the build up to Mario’s stunning scissors kick.“We always knew it would be a tough ask to defend against Spain,” the England manager said.“We knew how good they are at keeping the ball and moving it around and we knew we would have to work hard to keep them at bay.“Strangely the (first) goal we conceded was a Spanish counter-attack when we had good possession.“By giving the ball away we gave them the opportunity to counter-attack against us and score a spectacular goal.“We have to learn our lesson from it and remember when we play teams of this quality you can’t afford to make any mistakes because you’re going to get punished“We didn’t pass the ball as well as we would have liked.“We think we can do better in possession and we’ve got players who can be more dangerous in attacking situations.” England’s 15-match unbeaten run came to an end in Alicante as Spain comfortably beat Hodgson’s team last_img

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