Kramaric had another shooting chance but again failed to make clean contact, Stones blocking, and with seconds running out Sancho's cross, after an excellent run down the right, just eluded his colleagues.
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.
Croatia followed orders by banning fans from its next qualifying contest against Bulgaria in October 2015, but it hasn't played a UEFA-sanctioned home match since.
Kane headed a Henderson free kick against the bar before Manchester United forward Rashford served up a pair of astonishing misses in the space of two minutes.
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.
Both Henderson and Dier battled for a place in England's starting line-up during the World Cup with the Liverpool man getting the nod at the heart of the midfield.
There was also a glimpse of the future as 18-year-old substitute Sancho became the first player born this millennium to play for the senior side, while 21-year-old Ben Chilwell impressed.
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The official said the camp had been destroyed. '(A recovery team) could see the bodies of the climbers scattered near the camp'. Expedition organisers raised the alarm after losing contact with the group, who set off on 7 October, for almost 24 hours.
Chilwell was sharp in challenges, sound with his distribution and produced a high quality first-half cross that nearly brought a goal for Raheem Sterling.
With no fervent crowd to contend against, England did not have to endure the hostility that can unnerve even the most experienced of performers.
England continue their Nations League campaign away in Spain on Monday and Kane is expecting a tough test against their hosts, who beat Wales 4-1 in a friendly earlier this week.
England manager Gareth Southgate was disappointed with the outcome, saying: "Second half we were by far the better team and if we had taken our chances we would have won the game".
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.
"I don't think England are producing players that know how to control a game". In the summer we had a system which allowed our players to embed into global football but now they are more experienced. If he keeps working hard, I'm sure he will do'.
"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".