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Blooming marvellous – Gareth Southgate throws off weeds of caution

With England facing defeat by Croatia, the manager brought on the 18-year-old winger Jadon Sancho and the world turnedNever throw anything away. That was the lesson from this fun, late-breaking England victory. On an unexpectedly epic afternoon at Wemb…

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Harry Kane is the best goalscorer in the world, says Gareth Southgate – video

Gareth Southgate has called Harry Kane ‘the best goalscorer in the world’ after the Spurs striker scored in England’s comeback win over Croatia in Uefa Nations League.England qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament after Jesse Lingard and Kane&…

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Gareth Southgate ‘hugely proud’ of his players after England beat Croatia

• Victory secures place in Nations League finals next June• Manager delighted after side progress from ‘toughest’ groupGareth Southgate admitted England have surpassed his expectations after his young side crowned a resurgent year by avenging their Wor…

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England 2-1 Croatia: player ratings from Wembley

Joe Gomez was composed, Ross Barkley was replaced by more effective Dele Alli while Luka Modric was not as influential as in the summerJordan Pickford Odd call to chest Fabian Delph’s backpass. Unlucky with Andrej Kramaric’s goal 6 Continue reading…

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Harry Kane strikes late to take England through to Nations League finals

• England 2-1 Croatia• Lingard 78, Kane 85 | Kramaric 57The delighted din at the final whistle told its own story. England, a team who had been flirting with relegation as this critical contest lurched into its latter stages, have ended a calendar year…

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England v Croatia: Nations League – live!

All the latest from the 2pm GMT kick-off at WembleySouthgate using Croatia’s ‘favourites’ claim against themGet in touch: send Rob an email 1.30pm GMT This isn’t the only live football on the site this afternoon – Nick Ames is following Everton v Arsen…

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Dele Alli: ‘We don’t look back on the Iceland defeat with such anger now’

The Spurs forward experienced first-hand the despondency after England’s Euro 2016 disaster. The feeling couldn’t be more different as their Nations League decider against Croatia loomsThe situation for England on Sunday afternoon is somewhat strange, …

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Gareth Southgate using Croatia’s ‘favourites’ claim against them

• England need Wembley win to reach Nations League finals• Defender Jedvaj said Croatia ‘favourites despite playing away’Gareth Southgate and his players hope to exploit Croatian over-confidence in Wembley’s winner-takes-all tie and end a resurgent yea…

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Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic to speak to Dejan Lovren after Ramos elbow brag

• Lovren appeared to hint he deliberately elbowed Sergio Ramos• Croatia face England in winner-takes-all Nations League matchThe Croatia coach, Zlatko Dalic, has said he will speak to Dejan Lovren after the Liverpool defender appeared to brag on social…

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Gareth Southgate urges England to put World Cup lessons to use against Croatia

• Kane and Sterling return for Nations League decider• ‘We want to show we have learned from the summer’Gareth Southgate has challenged his players to prove they have progressed since their World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia in Moscow as England pr…

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Ivan Rakitic: ‘We saw Football’s Coming Home and thought: yeah, but you still have to play us’

The Barcelona and Croatia midfielder talks about playing England at the World Cup with a virus, how to stay calm when taking penalties and exhaustionIvan Rakitic packed his bag, kissed his family goodbye and said see you on the 15th. It was early June …

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Croatia stun Spain to set up Nations League decider against England

• Tin Jedvaj’s stoppage-time winner gives Croatia 3-2 win• Wembley showdown will decide qualification and relegationTin Jedvaj scored a last-gasp winner to revive Croatia’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals as Spain fell to a 3-2 defeat in Za…

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Croatia v Spain, Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland and more – live!

All the Nations League and international friendly actionEngland v USA – live with Ben FisherFeel free to email Ed or to tweet @ed_aarons 7.13pm GMT Over in Dublin there is much excitement about the return of Robbie Brady. The Burnley man hasn’t played …

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Jadon Sancho’s late cameo livens up England’s goalless and soulless night | Dominic Fifield

The Borussia Dortmund teenager was on the pitch for only 12 minutes but was one of the positives for Gareth Southgate to take from a dour game in CroatiaNone of this felt real, from the awkward silence as the teams lined up prior to kick-off, to Jordan…

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Croatia 0-0 England: player ratings from the Nations League tie

Ben Chilwell shone on his second international appearance while Ivan Perisic was Croatia’s best performerJordan Pickford Saved from Kramaric after half an hour, parried Croatia’s only other effort from Perisic. Solid. 7 Continue reading…

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Marcus Rashford fluffs his lines in England’s eerie draw with Croatia

• Croatia 0-0 England• Jadon Sancho produces bright cameo on England debutOf all the nights following England, it is difficult to think of a stranger experience, when near-goals were greeted with almost complete silence, when the players’ shouts carrie…

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Croatia v England: Nations League — live!

Nations League updates from Rijeka, kick-off 7.45pm BSTRead this: the forgotten story of … Luton Town’s Manager IdolAnd feel free to email Scott with your thoughts 6.44pm BST Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell makes his first start for England, foll…

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The England fans in Croatia trying to watch game behind closed doors

An England fan reveals why he is going to Croatia even though the match is behind closed doorsI booked my trip to Croatia and Spain as soon as the draw was made in January but of course when you’re getting the best deal you can the cheapest flights are…

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Croatia’s World Cup honeymoon is over and there is ground to make up

The 2018 World Cup finalists face England on Friday after a torrid three months peppered with retirements, a health scare, a court case or two and a record 6-0 defeat against SpainCharlie was the first to go. Vedran Corluka, who goes by that nickname, …

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Croatia invoke grievance procedure for closed-doors rerun with England

Gareth Southgate’s Nations League game given surreal edge by home side’s perceived slight before World Cup semi-finalOn the hills behind one of the stands, a small group of Croatia fans could be seen investigating whether there was a decent vantage poi…