Southampton's Alex McCarthy withdraws from England squad

Harry Kane and Luka Modric

Harry Kane and Luka Modric

Three months on from that victory, England and Croatia meet again behind closed doors in Friday's Nations League clash in Rijeka - live on Sky Sports Main Event.

Gareth Southgate will gauge the evolution of his team since the summer tournament at an empty Stadion HNK Rijeka on Friday with Uefa having barred supporters from the fixture after a swastika was marked on their pitch before a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.

Modric had earlier said that the perceived disrespect the Croatia players felt was an additional incentive to succeed in the semi-final.

"I'm sure Croatia feel the same". For them, not to have the encouragement of what is an incredibly passionate support will be very different for them.

"It's going to be tough non-football environment for both teams, it's hard to play in an empty stadium".

There will be a maximum of 200 people holding top-category tickets from the visiting association as well as police officers, security staff and people carrying out functions relating to the stadium infrastructure.

"We have some injury issues", he said. "Whether it's an advantage, though, who knows?"

The Three Lions' third run to the last four of a World Cup came to a heartbreaking end in July as Zlatko Dalic's side came from behind to secure a 2-1 extra-time win in Moscow.

Southgate will be without Tottenham left-back Rose and Southampton goalkeeper McCarthy for those games after withdrawing from the squad on Thursday due to the "minor injuries" they arrived with.

Southgate has selected two teenagers - Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho and Chelsea's Mason Mount, now on loan at Derby - in his squad, while Leicester's James Maddison has been called up for the first time. It is not experimentation. "It's hard to play without fans but it is what it is and we need to adapt to that". The team who play will be the team we believe in. But, as a team, we are looking to how we improve and bring younger players into the system. "They didn't show enough appreciation and it gave us extra motivation".