Empty stands a sad sight for Croatia’s Dalic in England stalemate

Croatian manager Zlatko Dalic said his team were underestimated by the English media- but not the players or coach

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.

One of the biggest games in the early stages of the first-ever UEFA Nations League will be played on Friday when Croatia face England.

"He had the chance he buried from just offside", said Southgate.

Failure to win this match means England need three points from their clash with Spain in Seville on Monday evening (Tuesday morning AEDT) to stand any chance of winning Group Four, as both sides sit five points adrift of Luis Enrique's men.

Mandzukic retired from global duty following his country's run to the World Cup final and Croatia have scored just one goal in three matches since, the latest of which was a 0-0 draw against England on Friday.

Eric Dier also hit the post and he only had words of praise for Sancho after the game.

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.

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. That approach earned Mateo Kovacic and Dejan Lovren bookings.

Southgate will be buoyed heading there by the fact that Croatia did not get as much joy in that department as they did in Moscow.

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

And six minutes after the break Kane rose highest to a Henderson free-kick only to see his looping header come back off the crossbar.

Penalty claims were rejected as Ross Barkley, making his first England appearance in 868 days, went down in the box - and Stones' frustration at that decision resulted in a foul that brought a booking and suspension.

"Football is played for the fans".

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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