England coach Roy Hodgson insists their players are as good as any in the game.
England are again undergoing an internal review after another failed international campaign.
"We have to maintain that degree of pragmatism that we have always had in English football," Hodgson said.
"We also have to retain that fighting spirit and doggedness.
"We mustn't start throwing those qualities overboard just so you can come off the field and have someone say you've had more shots at goal.
"I don't want to emulate nations, no. I want England to be England.
"You can't say we are going to play like Spain because apart from anything, the Spanish grew up in different climatic conditions to us and have always had very different qualities.
"And let's not forget that for years and years Spain went to every major tournament and never achieved anything."