Sven-Goran Eriksson is determined that the frustrating defeat in Spain will only be a temporary set-back.
Sven-Goran Eriksson is determined that England's frustrating defeat in Spain will only be a temporary set-back.
The England Head Coach admits he is still hurting at the way the Three Lions were beaten in Madrid but is adamant that lessons will be learned.
Spain's impressive first-half performance caught England on the hop and even though it was a friendly fixture, Eriksson was not happy.
He said: "Yes, I care that we lost because it was against Spain and I hoped we'd play better. Talking about football, they kept the ball much better than us for the whole of the first half. Once we got the ball we couldn't keep it and I was very disappointed about that.
"The first half Spain were better than we were and you have to admit that. Even if it hurts inside, that was the case. We did better in the second half but didn't create a chance. I'm sorry about that."
Eriksson was also concerned his team were losing their heads in the early stages of the game and decided to substitute Wayne Rooney after 41 minutes.
He said: "We tried to sort it out a bit better second half and that was good because I didn't talk very much football at half-time. I said we can't lose our heads when we're playing football. We had to come here and play football.
"If we're not doing well tactically, you have to put it right but if you lose your head you can never recover. I told them to be cool and play football, be aggressive but don't be stupid.
"As for Rooney, I took him off because I was afraid at that time that a tackle, even if he doesn't mean it, would become a red card.
"But what I don't like and I think is bad for the group is when one player comes off and another comes on and they don't say hello to each other and wish each other good luck. Because even if you don't agree with being substituted, you have to be professional.
"But he will behave himself in future, I'm not worried about that, I certainly wouldn't think about not playing him."
Eriksson is already thinking ahead to England's match against Holland in February, and he hinted he could stick with the Ashley Cole-Wayne Bridge combination on the left despite Wednesday's result.
"I think they can do it if we want," he said. "I think they did ok. But all our players could do better, although Robinson made some very good saves.
"We could bring in wingers like Shaun Wright-Phillips and Stewart Downing but we're talking about young players and I don't think you should say that they are ready to play 90 minutes tomorrow.
"In February we have a chance and if Downing goes on like this then maybe. I think when you play Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany - the big football nations, you must play very well - Argentina, Brazil, all of them. It's the same for all the teams when they meet each other, the difference is nothing."
The only problem for Eriksson is having to wait so long to put his ideas into practice.
"Only three months," he joked. "That's life. I'm in the same boat as all the other national team coaches. But I am already looking forward to Holland."