No fans, no goals: Croatia and England's surreal encounter
No fans, no goals: Croatia and England's surreal encounter
John Stones is still upset by the World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia
14 October, 2018, 04:09
Rashford tried his luck from distance and Perisic stung the palms of Pickford when play resumed, before England struck the woodwork again.
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.
However, Sancho's cameo performance against Croatia vindicated Southgate's decision as the Borussia Dortmund winger provided the directness missing from England's play. With England having good chances to beat the side that knocked them out in Russia, Southgate was happy with how his players handled their opponents and the weird circumstances of an empty ground.
We were a real threat (against Croatia). We had so many young players and they did a very good job.
Jordan Pickford was another loud presence, with the England goalkeeper continually urging his teammates on from the other end of the pitch, but by contrast, the Croatia players were much quieter; perhaps they knew what each other was doing in the first place, without having to shout all the time.
Chilwell was sharp in challenges, sound with his distribution and produced a high quality first-half cross that nearly brought a goal for Raheem Sterling.
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England manager Gareth Southgate, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, said: "There would be more concern if we weren't creating chances".
"We're not quite there yet in that aspect, in the way they keep the ball".
As weird and boring as last night's behind-closed-doors UEFA Nations League game with Croatia was, at least we got to hear England players shouting throughout - which isn't something you can always say. I thought he came on and made an impact as well. In the summer we had a system which allowed our players to embed into global football but now they are more experienced.
"I will be ready to go on Monday, for sure".
"When you walk out and the national anthem is on and you're singing it to no-one - hopefully it's something we don't have to experience too many times in our career".
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