Harry Kane backed to end England drought by Gareth Southgate

Harry Kane backed to end England drought by Gareth Southgate

England will be without John Stones and Jordan Henderson for Monday's Nations League game against Spain.

One of the biggest games in the early stages of the first-ever UEFA Nations League will be played on Friday when Croatia face England.

The game was built up by some English media as a chance for the visitors to avenge Croatia's 2-1 World Cup semi-final win in Russian Federation in July but the game failed to produce any fireworks.

Southgate guided England to the World Cup semi-finals in the summer with three centre-backs, but made a shift to a more conventional 4-3-3 in Rijeka.

Eric Dier and Harry Kane also hit the woodwork for the visitors, who enjoyed the better of a subdued game befitting of the freakish atmosphere.

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

England played three centre-backs throughout the World Cup in Russian Federation as Southgate's inexperienced side endeavoured to reach their first semi-final at the tournament in 28 years.

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The Borussia Dortmund youngster earned a shock call-up to Gareth Southgate's squad this month and came off the bench in the second half against Croatia to make his debut.

Southgate's men failed to force a save in the first period but came close to the opener just before half-time as Dier met Henderson's corner with a glancing header that hit the far post.

Southgate added that his players' deep antipathy towards England supporters stems from having spent a considerable amount of time in their presence.

England still have three other goalkeepers to choose from but Rose's exit, which came after Luke Shaw was forced to leave, means that Leicester's Ben Chilwell is now the only left-back in the squad.

England, who also had a weak penalty shout rejected for Mateo Kovacic's clip on clubmate Ross Barkley, introduced Jadon Sancho for the final 12 minutes.

Southgate's side were now in the ascendancy and Rashford should have put them ahead.

History boy Sancho showed flashes of excitement after his 78th-minute introduction, with his threatening late cross causing problems in a match that ended goalless.

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