No fans, no goals: Croatia and England's surreal encounter

Posted October 14, 2018

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. Of course we've still got leaders at Liverpool who implement his message, but more often than not we listen and then just do what he says.

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. Several young players were called up for the Three Lions' upcoming stretch, including 18-year-old Jadon Sancho, who's the first player born this millenium to be selected to the English senior team.

Gary Neville believes England haven't had an outstanding creative midfielder since his former Manchester United teammate Paul Scholes was playing.

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

"It was a tough evening against Croatia and a weird game to be involved in with no fans - but we coped well".

"There would be more concern if we weren't creating chances". It meant we were able to get tighter to their midfield and we were able to get higher up the pitch.

Andrej Kramaric's bouncing strike was stopped by Pickford before Rashford, struggling to get into the game, could not make the most of a Kane pass that opened up space down the left. It's hard because every game we play for England now is not going to be as big as the semi-final and quarter-final. "And tonight we played well". In the summer we had a system which allowed our players to embed into global football but now they are more experienced. "He should be really pleased".

"There's till a lot of work to do but hopefully we can progress and go one better tomorrow in Spain".

With the ground so quiet you could hear a pin drop, the outburst was heard clear as day on Sky Sports' coverage. We appreciate the support even when no fans are allowed in the stadium.

"Two totally opposite approaches, if you like, but since Gareth has come into the England set-up it has been different and we have all embraced his ideas as a team".

England's Jordan Pickford came to the edge of his box to deal with a long Perisic pass that threatened to set Rebic free, before Luka Modric failed to muster a threat from a free kick given away by Chilwell.