Distinct lack of England fans will give us major lift, says Southgate

Saul Niguez

Croatia, England fight out draw in empty stadium

"It is sad for football but hopefully this is our last time", said Dalic.

"It's hard to overstate just how much of a lift it will give the lads to know that thousands of [fans] aren't behind them", Southgate said.

England manager Southgate, however, has no concerns over Kane, who has scored 19 goals for his country.

"It's about when to play long and when to play short and our players don't seem to be able to know how to dictate the pace of games at worldwide level".

A small band of England supporters perched on a hill overlooking the deserted 8,000 capacity stadium in Rijeka tried to offer their encouragement.

The Nations League match had to be played behind closed doors, however, it proved to be a rather tiresome affair as both sides earned a point from the game. We were a real threat (against Croatia). "They were the only ones here".

"He did something that none of the rest could do and that's control the tempo of a football match and when we talk about England not controlling a game, that's the thing the likes of Pirlo, Modric, Xabi Alonso and Xavi can do - they're the type of players you need at worldwide level if you want to control games".

"He made his decision and we have to respect that and look for other solutions".

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Croatia's Ivan Perisic forced a good save from Jordan Pickford with a stinging low shot and Ante Rebic, playing in an unfamiliar lone striker role, fired inches wide with a long-range effort for the revamped home side.

Croatia were unsuccessful in their quest to win the World Cup, losing to France in the Final.

Dier headed Jordan Henderson's corner off the post a minute before the break.

Henderson swung in a free-kick from the right and Kane got away a header that beat goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, only to come back off the crossbar.

England enters having lost its only UEFA Nations League bout, falling to Spain 2-1.

"It was a tough game, as we expected".

The Borussia Dortmund wonder kid showed some impressive touches but couldn't provide a final spark as England had to settle for a point.

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