Croatia v England: Gareth Southgate on 'strange' experience at HNK Rijeka Stadium

Who should make England boss Gareth Southgate's XI vs Croatia

Who should make England boss Gareth Southgate's XI vs Croatia

England have suffered a double injury blow a day before their crunch Nations League clash away to rivals Croatia.

Speaking in a pre-match press conference, Modric was keen to clarify his criticism was directed towards the media and not Gareth Southgate or his squad.

"We felt a little bit disrespected and not enough recognition we thought we deserved. That's how I felt".

The current season will no doubt be a learning curve for Sessegnon who can be employed at either left back or left wing, and while he's yet to set the top-flight alight this term, a first ever call-up to England's senior team would do his confidence the world of good.

"Some are relatively inexperienced at the highest level but they're people we've enjoyed working with and have shown they can handle themselves at this level in training this week".

"It wasn't meant to be the players or the head coach but more in regards to the media and some commentary we could read or watch".

"Is that a problem for England?"

Dalic added: "I would agree with Luka though there is always a level of respect between the teams". It is time to move on, as Stones again acknowledged: "Week in, week out, you want to play against the best players, the best teams, to prove to yourself you can do it, and deserve to be there, and games like these don't come round too often".

"You always need to respect your opponent, but also have a self-belief in your team and your possibilities".

"So it's a shame especially for our travelling fans, who were brilliant for us all summer and so many of whom haven't missed an England game for years". "It's a unusual environment for both teams, playing in front of an empty stadium, but it's important for us to achieve a good result. We've got 18 matches before the next championships so we want to blood new players, look at different things and make sure we are best prepared for the next tournament".

"The team we play will be a team we believe in, whoever is ready to start", Southgate told reporters on Thursday (Oct 11).

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