Harry Kane says he is not concerned about his England goal drought

Posted October 14, 2018

Following a goalless draw in the Nations League against England, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic expressed his thoughts after the match as reported by Italian media outlet TuttoMercatoWeb.

He attempted to enter the HNK Stadion in Rijeka dressed as a steward - orange bib and all - but failed to get into a match that was played behind closed doors to complete a two-game stadium ban imposed by UEFA following the daubing of a swastika symbol on the pitch in Split prior to a Euro 2016 qualifier vs. Italy in June 2015.

"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".

"When you walk out and the national anthem is on and you're singing it to no-one - hopefully it's something we don't have to experience too many times in our career".

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"If you look at England's players coming through, there's a lack of understanding about what controlling a game is and that can really influence the tempo of a match and make a game move at the pace they want it to". It's sad the second and fourth team from the World Cup are playing behind closed doors.

"I was pleased the players did that and was particularly pleased with Ben Chilwell, who had a super debut: very composed defending against top quality players, good interceptions and use of the ball, getting forward well".

Croatia finished runners-up to World Cup winners France while England lost to Belgium in the third place play-off.

Eric Dier was also full of praise for the former Manchester City player, adding: "I think he was fantastic when he came on".

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Reversing fixtures so the perpetrators are punished with losing home advantage or even moving games to a neutral venue have been offered as alternative solutions.

England picked up their first Nations League point, and much will now depend on their Wembley meeting with Croatia. That's my main priority at the start of the season.

Highlights of England's trip to Croatia in the UEFA Nations League Group A. "That's just the game we are in".

Henderson is close friends with Lallana, who missed out on the World Cup squad due to injury issues last term and then had to pull out of last month's England squad with a groin problem suffered in the first training session.

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Others had more luck, despite the English Football Association urging fans not to travel.