Sancho's England debut impresses Kane and Dier

Sergio Cunningham
October 14, 2018

Following a goalless draw in the Nations League against England, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic expressed his thoughts after the match as reported by Italian media outlet TuttoMercatoWeb.

From the sound of the high fives of England's players echoing around the stadium before kick-off, to the distant voices of visiting supporters somewhere on a hill near the ground asking goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for a wave, this was a surreal evening on the Adriatic coast.

Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal to end England's World Cup dream in Moscow, but without the Juventus striker, who has since retired from worldwide football, Croatia lacked a focal point up front. 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.

As for nicknames, let's just say that there is a lack of imagination among the modern-day footballer, judging by the shouts of "Ross!"

What it did prove, as if there were any doubts, is football is nothing without fans.

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's been great in training and he has just got to keep working hard and playing games and I'm sure he will have a very bright future".

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However, both did start for England in their Uefa Nations League game against Croatia on Friday evening, as Gareth Southgate opted for a new formation, moving away from the 3-5-2 he used in Russian Federation and deploying a 4-3-3.

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.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has proven himself to be better than England team-mate Eric Dier, according to Stuart Pearce.

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.

"I don't think England are producing players that know how to control a game".

The England captain has scored seven goals in just nine appearances against the Hammers in his career.

Ross Barkley had strong claims for a penalty waived away on his first worldwide appearance for two-and-a-half years before Rashford was twice presented with golden chances to score for the third straight game for his country. "Harry will get us goals". In the summer we had a system which allowed our players to embed into worldwide football but now they are more experienced.

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