Croatia vs. England - Football Match Report

England's match will be played in the temporary Stadion HNK Rijeka which has a capacity of 8,217

England picked up their first Nations League point, and much will now depend on their Wembley meeting with Croatia.

"We're not quite there yet in that aspect, in the way they keep the ball".

England manager Gareth Southgate insists he isn't anxious about Harry Kane's barren spell with the national team and backed him to find the net again soon enough.

Foden has been hailed as one of the best prospects to come out of City's academy in years, but with competition in midfield coming from Bernardo Sivlva, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and others, his game time has been limited.

Kane believes the performance against Croatia in Rijeka and the narrow defeat by Spain at Wembley last month is clear evidence that this England side are making progress.

Jadon Sancho is the second youngest player ever to play for England in a competitive match. We have just got to get over the line against these top sides to take that next step.

England manager Gareth Southgate, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, said: "There would be more concern if we weren't creating chances". I thought he came on and made an impact as well. We've got different qualities.

The game featured strong challenges, near misses and two good teams playing at an impressive pace, but it was nonetheless flat and sterile to watch because there was no noise, colour or passion from the stands, just banks of empty seats. "He can be a massive player for us going forward". Ben Chilwell, the Leicester full-back making his first England start, was addressed as "Chilly" whenever he was in possession; perhaps he will get "Ben" once familiarity kicks in.

"From a choice between Henderson or Dier, after the World Cup everyone knows who by far is the best one", he told Sky Sports' The Debate.

"The atmosphere is not easy for anybody, it is sad for football but hopefully this is our last time", said Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic. We appreciate the support even when no fans are allowed in the stadium.

England still have three other goalkeepers to choose from but Rose's exit, which came after Luke Shaw was forced to leave, means that Leicester's Ben Chilwell is now the only left-back in the squad.

Football supporters are a determined bunch and, if they want to see a game involving their team, it is often a case of "where there is a will, there is a way".



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