Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Croatia & England play out stalemate at empty stadium

Croatia train ahead of their clash with England Croatia train ahead of their clash with England Credit PA
Julia Gonzales | 13 October, 2018, 12:42

The UEFA Nations League match between Croatia and England will be broadcast on ESPN 2.

Gareth Southgate has backed England captain Harry Kane to break his goal drought after going six worldwide games without scoring.

'They're hugely proud to play in the shirt.

England should have secured their first Nations League victory after Gareth Southgate's men dealt with the quirks of playing behind closed doors and had the best chances against Croatia. I was pleased the players did that tonight.

Sancho became the second youngest England player to win his first cap in a competitive game, behind Manchester United's Duncan Edwards who died at the age of 21 as a result of the injuries he suffered in the Munich air crash of 1958.

As revealed by Sportsmail, Southgate played with a four-man defence in Rijeka having utilised a back-five for over 12 months. "We could easily hear the ones on the hill, they were the only ones here".

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The good news is that the ISS can be kept operational by ground controllers, as Todd explained during the briefing. But it was not the first time that a manned Soyuz rocket has been forced to activate its launch abort system.

'The three at the back, the 3-5-2, allowed some players to bed into global football. "We should have been more ruthless". "I don't know who it is good for".

"It feels like a game we should have won", said England manager Gareth Southgate.

England hit the woodwork twice through Eric Dier and Harry Kane, while Marcus Rashford squandered two golden opportunities in the second half. We were a real threat.

"There would be more concern if we weren't creating chances".

England started to dominate play and Rashford should have put the visitors ahead after 55 minutes, but the flimsy finish with which he greeted an inviting Kyle Walker ball into the box left Dominik Livakovic with a comfortable save.

'It was unusual, the first experience of it for all of us, we saw couple of fans got up on the hill but once the game started it was in the back of our minds, ' said Eric Dier 'We could easily hear the ones on the hill, they were the only ones here'.

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