England fans slam Eric Dier for his performance on Twitter

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 13, 2018

However, both did start for England in their Uefa Nations League game against Croatia on Friday evening, as Gareth Southgate opted for a new formation, moving away from the 3-5-2 he used in Russian Federation and deploying a 4-3-3.

Southgate threw on 18-year-old Jadon Sancho for his worldwide debut 12 minutes from time in search of a victor.

The game was played behind closed doors because it was Croatia's second UEFA home match since a two-game sanction imposed after a swastika was marked on the pitch during a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.

The game is a rematch of this summer's World Cup semifinal, a game the Croatians won by a score of 2-1 to advance to the World Cup final.

Croatia finished runners-up to World Cup winners France while England lost to Belgium in the third place play-off.

"The fact is that Modric is the best player in the world officially now and we just lacked that composure, the guile and that know-how that I think a couple of that Croatia team have in [Mario] Mandzukic, [Ivan] Rakitic, [Luka] Modric and [Ivan] Perisic - they've played in Champions League finals and been around the block in the highest quality games and that's what England are just lacking at the moment", Neville told Sky Sports.

Here are the five things we learned from England's performance against their World Cup foes.

Jordan Henderson and John Stones are suspended for the game against Spain, meaning Southgate has plenty of issues to resolve ahead of the encounter. That approach earned Mateo Kovacic and Dejan Lovren bookings.

Dier's shot against the post came a minute before the break, with Kane's header off of the bar coming six minutes after.

Southgate added that his players' deep antipathy towards England supporters stems from having spent a considerable amount of time in their presence.

England, who also had a weak penalty shout rejected for Mateo Kovacic's clip on clubmate Ross Barkley, introduced Jadon Sancho for the final 12 minutes. We just have to make sure we finish the chances.

Kane saw an effort ruled out for offside and seemingly broke the net in the process, leading to a pause in play that saw England fans get a wave from Pickford.

History boy Sancho showed flashes of excitement after his 78th-minute introduction, with his threatening late cross causing problems in a match that ended goalless.

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