England vs Croatia: We should have won - Gareth Southgate

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As for England, numerous stars from their deep run into the World Cup are still in the squad on this global break, like Leicester's Harry Maguire, Manchester United's Jesse Lingard and Tottenham's Harry Kane. First, Southgate's men will travel to play Spain in Seville on Monday night. We just have to make sure we finish the chances.

Rashford tried his luck from distance and Perisic stung the palms of Pickford when play resumed, before England struck the woodwork again.

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.

Dier headed Jordan Henderson's corner off the post a minute before the break. It's been tough after the World Cup, not getting much rest, but I think I've dealt with it well.

Southgate can take some comfort, however, in the fact England adapted to these unusual surroundings better than Croatia and created by far the better opportunities.

Sancho became the second youngest England player to win his first cap in a competitive game, behind Manchester United's Duncan Edwards who died at the age of 21 as a result of the injuries he suffered in the Munich air crash of 1958.

Dejan Lovren was booked for a clumsy tackle on Sterling as the first half petered out, but a much brighter start to the second half nearly brought a goal for either side.

With no fervent crowd to contend against, England did not have to endure the hostility that can unnerve even the most experienced of performers.

Since England finished fourth in Russia, Kane has featured in 13 games for Tottenham and England in 2018-19.

The 0-0 draw in an empty Stadion HNK Rijeka handed England their first point of their Uefa Nations League campaign.

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. In the summer we had a system which allowed our players to embed into worldwide football but now they are more experienced.

After 77 minutes, Jadon Sancho made his England debut, coming on for Sterling, and another change followed as Marko Livaja replaced Rebic for the home side.

"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". On another day, we will.