Wasteful England held by Croatia in Nations League stalemate

first_img BEST OF 6 REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 6 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 6 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 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.The Leicester left-back provided a fine cross 12 minutes into his first England start and Raheem Sterling would have tucked it away was it not for Josip Pivaric’s intervention.There was precious little else of note in a largely drab half in Rijeka, where Croatia found the best way to stop England’s rapid attackers was scything them down. That approach earned Mateo Kovacic and Dejan Lovren bookings.Henderson’s own yellow card in the sixth minute rules him out of Monday’s trip to Seville, where England will face another top-level midfield. 6 RANKED Southgate will be buoyed heading there by the fact that Croatia did not get as much joy in that department as they did in Moscow.Ivan Perisic’s blocked effort was the best they managed in the first half until overlapping Pivaric fired over a cross to Andrej Kramaric, with the former Leicester striker’s mishit attempt stopped by Jordan Pickford.Southgate’s men failed to force a save in the first period but came close to the opener just before half-time as Dier met Henderson’s corner with a glancing header that hit the far post.Rashford tried his luck from distance and Perisic stung the palms of Pickford when play resumed, before England struck the woodwork again.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. Henderson and defender John Stones are suspended for England’s next game This was the first of two big chances Rashford missed in the second-half The contest also saw highly-rated teenager Jadon Sancho make his England debut on a night where Gareth Southgate’s men were unlucky not to collect all three points.Just 93 days after the Three Lions lost to Zlatko Dalic’s men in the World Cup semi-finals, the countries met in surroundings that could scarcely have been more different to July’s huge encounter at the packed Luzhniki.The virtually-empty Stadion HNK Rijeka hosted England’s first-ever match behind closed doors as Croatia completed a ground ban imposed by UEFA for having a swastika on the pitch during a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.Eric Dier and Harry Kane also hit the woodwork as the opportunity for England to exact World Cup revenge went begging in the Group A4 encounter. Latest Football News MONEY center_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Marcus Rashford spurned two good chances as England played out a goalless draw with Croatia in their UEFA Nations League match in Rijeka.The Manchester United striker scuffed a left-footed effort on 54 minutes before striking straight at Croatia keeper Dominik Livakovic moments later in a game that was played behind closed doors. ADVICE 6 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 6 Penalty claims were rejected as Ross Barkley, making his first England appearance in 868 days, went down in the box – and Stones’ frustration at that decision resulted in a foul that brought a booking and suspension.Southgate’s side were now in the ascendancy and Rashford should have put them ahead. Two minutes after failing to greet a fine Kyle Walker cross with the finish it deserved from close range, he was put through by Sterling but somehow failed to beat Livakovic.Tin Jedvaj was perhaps fortunate to only see yellow for a late challenge on Dier, but Croatia had now settled and Kramaric had a chance before Rebic curled just wide from 20 yards.Kane saw an effort ruled out for offside and seemingly broke the net in the process, leading to a pause in play that saw England fans get a wave from Pickford.History boy Sancho showed flashes of excitement after his 78th-minute introduction, with his threatening late cross causing problems in a match that ended goalless.NATIONS LEAGUE A4 TABLE Every shout, kick and challenge was audible in the match played out in front of a few hundred officials and journalists. You could even hear the beeping of an ambulance reversing behind one of the goals.There were regular, distant cries from a small group of hardy England fans that had found a vantage point high above one of the stands, but those efforts were rewarded with a poor first half in which Dier hit the post late on.England improved after the break as Kane hit the woodwork before Rashford missed two fine chances, while Ante Rebic curled just wide for a Croatia side that had lost their Nations League opener 6-0 in Spain.Southgate’s men face their own Spanish test on Monday without the suspended Jordan Henderson and John Stones, but there are certainly promising moments to build on. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Kane’s powerful second-half header rattled the bar with Livakovic beaten all ends up REVEALED Sancho, 18, becomes the first player born after the millennium to make his England debut Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The England boss will be wondering how his side didn’t win the game huge blow silverware last_img

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