Jordan Pickford says the new Nations League will help England continue their development under Gareth Southgate.
After their superb run to the World Cup semi-finals in the Russia over the summer, the Three Lions kicked off the new international competition with a 2-1 defeat to Spain.
Despite Marcus Rashford’s opener, goals from Saul Niguez and Rodigo consigned England to defeat at Wembley. Danny Welbeck saw a late equaliser ruled out for a foul on David De Gea.
But Pickford, who started in between the sticks for his country, believes the opportunity to face sides as good as Spain will help Southgate’s side continue to progress.
“It was a good competitive game,” he said. “This Nations League has brought a good, competitive edge and you could see us at the end, putting everyone up forward trying to get back into it.
“In the second half we were a lot better. But this is the kind of side we want to face in order to improve and we will only get better playing against the likes of Spain.
“I thought we did well. I wasn’t sure whether it was a foul on De Gea by Welbs at the end there – it was a good finish to be fair! – but it was and this is a learning curve. This is how we get better.
“Now we will look to the Switzerland game [on Tuesday] and hopefully we can get a good result.”