England captain Harry Kane denies form has dipped since World Cup

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Here are the five things we learned from England's performance against their World Cup foes. "The most important thing for the team is we create chances, look unsafe, and the players who didn't score tonight will score".

England, by far the noisier team, adjusted to these eerie surroundings better than the home side - denied their noisy, passionate support because of Uefa's disciplinary measures.

With six minutes gone, Henderson went into the book for a clumsy challenge on Ivan Rakitic as the Croatia player moved into a pocket of space.

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.

Dier's shot against the post came a minute before the break, with Kane's header off of the bar coming six minutes after.

Spalletti will have most of his players back this week and be set to prepare the team for the upcoming games against Milan and Barcelona in the Champions League.

"Because England fans haven't been convicted of anything like that and yet those regular supporters who travel all over the place supporting the team are now locked out of a match and not able to support them". "We've just got to make sure we're creating them".

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Apart from a few songs from a handful of industrious England fans who watched the action from the top of a nearby hill, the game was played in silence.

"He's great", Kane told Sky Sports. We could easily hear them on the hill.

Dejan Lovren was booked for a clumsy tackle on Sterling as the first half petered out, but a much brighter start to the second half nearly brought a goal for either side. Also Ross Barkley, who had a good impact on the game as well.

Rashford got clear again moments later but saw his side-footed strike saved by Dominik Livakovic as England stepped up the tempo and Tin Jedvaj was booked for a late lunge on Dier.

"This feels like a game we should have won but I was really pleased with the way we played".

Southgate's decision to call up the likes of Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and James Maddison, despite their age and lack of experience, garnered criticism from some. With England having good chances to beat the side that knocked them out in Russia, Southgate was happy with how his players handled their opponents and the weird circumstances of an empty ground.

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