Croatia, England fight out draw in empty stadium

Jadon Sancho- cropped

Jadon Sancho- cropped

Why? In June 2015, a swastika was marked on the pitch of a Euro 2016 qualifier between Italy and France.

It was a surreal and odd experience watching the Three Lions with atmosphere replaced by silence and the World Cup semi-final rematch suffered as a result.

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.

"It's hard to overstate just how much of a lift it will give the lads to know that thousands of [fans] aren't behind them", Southgate said.

"It's about when to play long and when to play short and our players don't seem to be able to know how to dictate the pace of games at global level".

Failure to win this match means England need three points from their clash with Spain in Seville on Monday evening (Tuesday morning AEDT) to stand any chance of winning Group Four, as both sides sit five points adrift of Luis Enrique's men.

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"While we all endorse the campaign against racism and want to see all that prejudice and bigotry stamped out of the game, the nature of this punishment against the Croatian FA is also punishing the innocent", said Kevin Miles, chief executive of the Football Supporters' Federation in England.

Andrej Kramaric had the hosts' best chance, but placed his shot from Ivan Perisic's cut-back too close to Jordan Pickford, who made a smart save.

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

"It was not easy to come back after such a big defeat".

None of the trio are expected to start against Spain, but Southgate may want to get some game time out of them during the worldwide break. They will bring a star-studded team into Friday's game, with Real Madrid's Luka Modric leading the pack. "We should have been more ruthless".

Sancho became the second youngest England player to win his first cap in a competitive game, behind Manchester United's Duncan Edwards who died at the age of 21 as a result of the injuries he suffered in the Munich air crash of 1958.

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