Empty stands for England a reminder football should be for the fans

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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.

Kane saw an effort ruled out for offside and seemingly broke the net in the process, leading to a pause in play that saw England fans get a wave from Pickford.

Enjoying a successful World Cup by their own standards, Gareth Southgate's England came unstuck against Croatia in the semi-final of that tournament.

The Three Lions wasted golden chances during a 0-0 draw with Croatia on Friday, with Gareth Southgate showcasing a new look for the team. Also Ross Barkley, who had a good impact on the game as well.

"Harry will get us goals. We dictated the flow of the game for a long period and the second half performance was excellent, pushing right to the end".

A goalless draw was fitting of an empty experience with supporters shut out of the 8,000 capacity HNK Rijeka stadium, perched on a hilltop overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

Former Sunderland man Henderson, along with John Stones, will be unavailable to play against Spain away from home on Monday after both picked up bookings last night.

Much of that was to do with England's industry and always playing on the front foot.

"We need to stop talking about Mario Mandzukic", added Dalic.

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.

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.

The only chance in the first half fell to Dier, who glanced his header against the far post after a Jordan Henderson corner.

Dalic complained after a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Spain that his side were still tired from their summer exertions and they faded again as England took control at the start of the second period.

"We used the ball well against a very good team, so very pleased with it". "We should have been more ruthless".

Southgate threw on 18-year-old Jadon Sancho for his worldwide debut 12 minutes from time in search of a victor.

The Borussia Dortmund wonder kid showed some impressive touches but couldn't provide a final spark as England had to settle for a point.

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