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

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

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

Hornets midfielder Chalobah had to settle for a watching brief from the bench in Rijeka but Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, who left Vicarage Road for Manchester City in 2014, became the second youngest England player to win his first cap in a competitive game behind the legendary Duncan Edwards when he replaced Raheem Sterling in the 78th minute. "I guess we've just got to keep a lid on it [the hype]".

Croatia, winners when these countries last met, threatened only occasionally and Southgate will feel a tinge of regret his side are not moving on to Monday's meeting with Spain in Sevilla on the back of a victory.

England's Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund's exciting 18-year old winger, produced a darting run late on after coming off the bench to replace Raheem Sterling and make his worldwide debut before the match fizzled out in the final few minutes.

"Probably the biggest one that I'd look at as that type of player is Adam Lallana, who obviously is a big part of Liverpool and England", Henderson said.

And Neville believes England are lacking a similar player.

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Apart from a few songs from a handful of industrious England fans who watched the action from the top of a nearby hill, the game was played in silence.

"It's about learning and improving and that is what I will do for the rest of my career".

Southgate said: "The first half was pretty even but we had a very good chance from a corner, which we probably should have got on the end of. But more often than not we just sort of do what he says". When you are up front, you just have to battle, hold it up, bring others into play, and I thought I did that well. Ben Chilwell, the Leicester full-back making his first England start, was addressed as "Chilly" whenever he was in possession; perhaps he will get "Ben" once familiarity kicks in.

But the likeable Spurs star has learned to take it all in his stride after revealing his eye-watering stats make him a target when the goals are suddenly hard to come by. Indeed, the only real noise came from those fans high on the hillside, who were rewarded by an acknowledgement from Pickford when they chanted "Jordan, give us a wave!" in the closing stages.

With the ground so quiet you could hear a pin drop, the outburst was heard clear as day on Sky Sports' coverage.

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