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Lopetegui: "I prefer England's fans and atmosphere to the way they play"

The Spain coach has said that he likes "a lot of things" about English football but the way that England play doesn't seem to rank high amongst them. Spain v Colombia

Junto a César Azpilicueta y Sergio Busquets, Julen Lopetegui comparece ante la prensa en la previa del amistoso entre Inglaterra y España en Wembley.
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Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has revealed the things he admires most about English football ahead of his side’s international friendly at Wembley this week, but the way that England play isn’t one of them.

“I like a lot of things...the fans, the stadiums..."

Julen Lopetegui

When asked his thoughts about England ahead of the game on Tuesday, Lopetegui said: “I like a lot of things: the fans, the stadiums. I prefer the atmosphere to the play."

Lopetegui, who took over from Vicente del Bosque in the summer, added however that he did think England have some “good players”. “That’s not to say I prefer theirs to ours,” stressed the 50-year old, “I like ours more.”

Southgate praise 

Lopetegui also reserved some praise for his opposite number Gareth Southgate, who is currently in charge of England on an interim basis. “He’s improved various things, especially in defensive solidness.”