Gareth Southgate: England deserved to beat Croatia

England took on Croatia on Friday evening in a UEFA Nations League clash. After the game, England boss Gareth Southgate stated that he believed they deserved to beat Croatia.

‘They had one reasonable chance in the second half, but I thought, really, we dictated the flow of the game for a long period’

Speaking after Croatia, Southgate said:

“It feels like a game we should have won.

“I think the performance deserved that.

“First half, pretty even but a very good chance from the corner, which we probably should have got on the end of. They had one from a cut-back.

“They had one reasonable chance in the second half, but I thought, really, we dictated the flow of the game for a long period and the second-half performance was excellent.

“We were pushing and pushing right to the end, so I couldn’t ask more of the players. I am pleased with the chances we created, and we just have to make sure we finish them which on another day we will.”

Southgate also commented upon the debuting Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell, plus a returning Ross Barkley:

“They’re hugely proud to play in the shirt.

“We talked just before the game… it’s not an easy pitch either, especially in that final third. A lot of people just slipping with their footing.

“So, that quality in the final third, at times the ball bouncing up at the wrong moment, but good teams adapt and good teams, whatever the circumstances or the atmosphere or the pitch, find a way of playing.

“I was really pleased that the players did that tonight.

“I was particularly pleased with Ben Chilwell.

 “I thought that was a super debut, very composed with his defending against some top-quality players.”

Gareth Southgate

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Gareth Southgate, England manager talks to media during an England Squad Announcement at St Georges Park on September 28, 2017 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

England 0 Croatia 0

The last time England face off against Croatia was in the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup.

Croatia would come away 2-1 winners knocking England out of the World Cup.

So, England will have no doubt been keen to get some revenge on Croatia on Friday.

However, they would fail to do so with the game finishing 0-0.

England now just have one point from their two UEFA Nations League group games.

Next up for England is Spain on Monday and if they fail to pick up a win vs Spain they will not progress out of their group.

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