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Liverpool star defends Spain's tiki-taka and backs England for glory

Liverpool's Jose Enrique has defended Spain in the wake of their group-stage exit at this year's World Cup.

Vicente Del Bosque's side came into the tournament in Brazil as defending champions, as well as victors at back-to-back European Championships, only to suffer two defeats in their opening two games and fall at the first hurdle of their title defence.

First, Spain were thumped 5-1 by the Netherlands, before suffering a 2-0 reverse at the hands of Chile last night, with both losses prompting questions about whether it is the end of an era for Spanish football - and the end of a golden generation.

But Liverpool full-back Enrique has taken to Twitter to defend his national side, as well as condemn those who are too ready to criticise Spain's intrinsic tiki-taka system, the style of play that was responsible for their previous success.


The 28-year-old was also keen to point out that it is rather difficult for any side to win 'everything' and was pleased that Spain's early exit has opened the door for a new side to lift the famous old trophy.

And who is the Liverpool man supporting...?

England; a choice many of his team-mates at Anfield would no doubt be encouraged by. The Three Lions face Uruguay later today in a make-or-break clash, with victory the only solution that will truly leave their World Cup fate in their own hands.

As for tiki-taka, England aren't quite yet at the technical stage where they can effectively deploy the system, though its recent loss of popularity may deem that point a red herring in the future, anyway.

Enrique's point, though, sums up the essence of the game: certain tactics and trends will always have their day - but never last forever.

And Spain's exit can hardly be blamed on the football they play when so many questions exist about whether the personnel fit the system - and just how tired those personnel are after a gruelling season that kept most of them on their toes in both La Liga and the Champions League until the very last day of the campaign.

La Roja will be back, they just need time.

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