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Spain's Fabregas puzzled by England's negativity

Cesc Fabregas was critical of England's tactics as they overcame the World Champion's Spain 1-0 at Wembley. Despite completely dominating against a side who played almost the entire match with 10 men behind the ball, Fabregas was still on the losing team.

Former Arsenal captain Fabregas came off the bench at half-time and missed a glorious chance to snatch a draw late on.

"At the end of the day, you want teams to have a go at you and test you and see what happens," the midfielder said.

"We knew, especially after we saw the first XI that they put in, that they were going to defend basically the whole game.

"Even when they were winning, they had (Danny) Welbeck up front alone and everyone just defending.

"But this is the way they want to play and it worked for them."

Fabregas added: "We dominated the game and we made England defend nearly the whole 90 minutes.

"We played two completely different styles of football.

"The more defensive one won but we know that the only way they could score was from a free-kick or a corner and we conceded a not very intelligent free-kick there.

"We paid for it but, basically, we are happy because we played very well."

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