Gareth Southgate was immensely proud after England rounded off a year to remember by sealing progress to the inaugural Nations League Finals with a stirring comeback against World Cup semi-final foes Croatia.
Harry Kane believes England’s late win over Croatia which sealed progression to the Nations League Finals shows how far the team have progressed since the World Cup.
Gareth Southgate believes his England side have learned a lot since the World Cup as they prepare to face semi-final opponents Croatia in Sunday’s crunch Nations League clash.
England host Croatia at Wembley on Sunday in their last Nations League group game looking to secure qualification for the finals of the UEFA tournament.
Spain boss Luis Enrique was left to rue an “undeserved” 3-2 defeat to Croatia in Zagreb as the hosts set up a Nations League decider with England.
Tin Jedvaj’s stoppage-time strike earned Croatia a thrilling 3-2 victory over Spain in Zagreb to set up a winner takes all Nations League clash with England.
Harry Kane admits it has been difficult to play so much football since the summer – but the England captain insists his game has not suffered as a result.
Gareth Southgate was frustrated by the result but not his side’s performance as England ignored the eerie backdrop to draw with Croatia in the Nations League.
England should have secured their first Nations League victory after Gareth Southgate’s men dealt with the quirks of playing behind closed doors and had the best chances against Croatia.
England player ratings JORDAN PICKFORD (out of 10): Fairly routine evening for the England goalkeeper who was heard throughout the game in the eerily stadium.
England take on Croatia in a behind-closed-doors Nations League clash in Rijeka on Friday night.
Danny Welbeck, Danny Rose and Alex McCarthy sat out England training on Tuesday morning as a precaution.
Luka Modric has been named FIFA’s men’s player of the year after beating off stiff competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.
Luis Enrique could not fault Spain’s attitude as they produced a superb display to thrash World Cup finalists Croatia 6-0 in Elche.
World Cup runners-up Croatia were thrashed 6-0 by Spain in their first competitive outing since their exploits in Russia.
Sergio Busquets says Spain are fully focused on a new era under Luis Enrique following three successive disappointments at major tournaments.
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