Chalobah unused substitute as Sancho makes England debut in Croatia draw

However, Friday's UEFA Nations League clash between Croatia and England was a step too far for one fan of the visiting team. "He can help us get better and I am excited for the teams and for him to get back playing football and to show everyone what he is capable of".

As for what happened on the pitch, Gareth Southgate's side hit the woodwork twice, while Marcus Rashford failed to score from two one-on-one situations, and the game petered out to a goalless draw.

Henderson also highlighted 18-year-old Jadon Sancho as another creative option, but the midfielder believes it would be wrong to rule out 30-year-old Lallana based purely on his age, given what he can offer.

Croatia came to life as the 20-minute mark approached, Domagoj Vida and Ante Rebic combining to win a corner that was played short and gave Ivan Perisic a chance to fire in a shot that was blocked.

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.

"It's about learning and improving and that is what I will do for the rest of my career". Of course we've still got leaders at Liverpool who implement his message.

England manager Gareth Southgate, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, said: "There would be more concern if we weren't creating chances".

"If you ask any of the England players I'm sure they will say they can speak to the manager about anything".

"Against the top nations it is fine margins and they are the ones we have got to start turning in our favour". "And tonight we played well".

"I think the group has become a lot stronger and more together in the last couple of years". When he did receive the ball, he was a threat.

England captain Harry Kane, speaking to Sky Sports, said: "It was hard without the atmosphere and I thought we dealt with it well". We appreciate the support even when no fans are allowed in the stadium. We want to take it to the next level, beating teams like that.

England still have three other goalkeepers to choose from but Rose's exit, which came after Luke Shaw was forced to leave, means that Leicester's Ben Chilwell is now the only left-back in the squad.

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