Nations League: Gareth Southgate explains England defensive changes

14 October, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
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"It is sad for football but hopefully this is our last time", said Dalic. 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.

"I've always maintained that our fans are the worst people in the world, and the lads are all right behind me on that", he said.

"From a choice between Henderson or Dier, after the World Cup everyone knows who by far is the best one", he told Sky Sports' The Debate.

The game was built up by some English media as a chance for the visitors to avenge Croatia's 2-1 World Cup semi-final win in Russian Federation in July but the game failed to produce any fireworks. We had so many young players and they did a very good job.

"I could hear the noise", said England boss Gareth Southgate.

England have played out a 0-0 draw with Croatia at the Stadion HNK Rijeka to pick up their first UEFA Nations League point.

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

If he does not score in Monday's Nations League game against Spain, it will be the longest barren run of his senior England career.

In contrast, Dier has started seven times for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League so far, missing just one game. They had one from a cut-back.

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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.

The game's first shot on target did not arrive until the 37th minute, when Andrej Kramaric failed to truly test Jordan Pickford from the centre of the box.

However, Sancho's cameo performance against Croatia vindicated Southgate's decision as the Borussia Dortmund winger provided the directness missing from England's play.

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

Dalic complained after a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Spain that his side were still tired from their summer exertions and they faded again as England took control at the start of the second period.

It was a more frustrating night for Chelsea's Ross Barkley, given his first England appearance since May 2016 after his recent renaissance.

But on both occasions the Manchester United forward produced weak finishes to Dominik Livakovic's left-hand side and the Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper made comfortable saves. On another day, we will.

"For me, the most important thing is we build for two years' time".

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