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England fans slam Eric Dier for his performance on Twitter

England fans slam Eric Dier for his performance on Twitter

England and Croatia shared the points in group A4 of the Nations League as they drew 0-0 behind closed doors in Rijeka on Friday evening.

Eric Dier and Harry Kane hit the woodwork on a night when Marcus Rashford wasted two great chances, meaning the opportunity to exact World Cup revenge went begging as the Group A4 encounter ended goalless on a unusual night for all involved.

And former England worldwide Pearce believes Henderson proved himself the better of the two after the World Cup.

"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.

Three Lions captain Kane, 25, has only scored six times in 16 games for club and country since netting that many in three World Cup matches in the summer.

"There would be more concern if we weren't creating chances".

"We used the ball well against a very good team, so very pleased with it".

Southgate will be buoyed heading there by the fact that Croatia did not get as much joy in that department as they did in Moscow.




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. "We have to keep getting in those situations".

England manager Gareth Southgate insists he isn't anxious about Harry Kane's barren spell with the national team and backed him to find the net again soon enough.

Uefa forced the match to be played behind closed doors as part of a punishment handed down to Croatia after a swastika was marked onto the pitch before a match against Italy in 2015.

"It was odd, the first experience of it for all of us", Dier told Sky Sports. "We could easily hear the ones on the hill, they were the only ones here".

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.

Henderson swung in a free-kick from the right and Kane got away a header that beat goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, only to come back off the crossbar.

"The pitch was tough, we had one off the bar, one off the post and Marcus had a couple I'm sure he'd take on another day".


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