Published: Sat, October 13, 2018

Croatia hold wasteful England in empty stadium

Croatia hold wasteful England in empty stadium

The UEFA Nations League match between Croatia and England will be broadcast on ESPN 2.

Mandzukic retired from global duty following his country's run to the World Cup final and Croatia have scored just one goal in three matches since, the latest of which was a 0-0 draw against England on Friday.

Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal to end England's World Cup dream in Moscow, but without the Juventus striker, who has since retired from global football, Croatia lacked a focal point up front.

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 for England, numerous stars from their deep run into the World Cup are still in the squad on this global break, like Leicester's Harry Maguire, Manchester United's Jesse Lingard and Tottenham's Harry Kane. "We could easily hear the ones on the hill, they were the only ones here".

At press time, Southgate appeared deeply troubled by the news that the England Supporters' Band had set up outside the stadium and were preparing to play the Theme From Dambusters on repeat for the duration of the game. I've always said Paul Scholes is the best player I've ever played with and most players who've played with him say the same - in fact, a lot of the players who've played against him say the same. "We should have been more ruthless".

The England boss said: 'Harry will get us goals. "The second-half performance was excellent, we were pushing and pushing right to the end and on another day we would finish those chances".

England started to dominate play and Rashford should have put the visitors ahead after 55 minutes, but the flimsy finish with which he greeted an inviting Kyle Walker ball into the box left Dominik Livakovic with a comfortable save. "Around friendly matches we can be more sensible but it's hard around these games".

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