England on the road to being an worldwide force - Southgate

Brunilde Fioravanti
Октября 13, 2018

The Three Lions were outclassed by Croatia in the semi-final, in large past thanks to the play of midfielders Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

Croatia should have opened the scoring 37 minutes in through the first half's only real opportunity, only for Andrej Kramaric to hit the ball into the ground when picked out by Perisic's left-sided cross, allowing Jordan Pickford to make the save.

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

A small band of England supporters perched on a hill overlooking the deserted 8,000 capacity stadium in Rijeka tried to offer their encouragement.

And Southgate explained one of the key reasons behind his shift in tactics is because he feels his team are no longer vulnerable as they once were.

"We need to stop talking about Mario Mandzukic", added Dalic.

England have played out a 0-0 draw with Croatia at the Stadion HNK Rijeka to pick up their first UEFA Nations League point.

And Neville believes England are lacking a similar player.

The only chance in the first half fell to Dier, who glanced his header against the far post after a Jordan Henderson corner.

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.

Dalic complained after a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Spain that his side were still tired from their summer exertions and they faded again as England took control at the start of the second period.

At 18 years and 201 days old, Sancho is second only to Manchester United legend Duncan Edwards, who was 18 years 183 days old when he made his debut for England in 1955.

The Borussia Dortmund wonder kid showed some impressive touches but couldn't provide a final spark as England had to settle for a point.

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