We should have won, says South­gate

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Ri­jeka: Eng­land played out a largely un­event­ful 0-0 with Croa­tia be­hind closed doors in Ri­jeka to earn the first point of their Uefa Na­tions League cam­paign- but man­ager Gareth South­gate felt they “should have won”. The whole oc­ca­sion had an air of un­re­al­ity as the teams- who met in the World Cup semi-fi­nals three months ago - were forced to play in a mostly de­serted, echo­ing sta­dium as part of Croa­tia’s pun­ish­ment af­ter a swastika was vis­i­ble on the pitch be­fore a Eu­ro­pean qual­i­fier in 2015.

Eng­land coped well with the sur­round­ings and had the bet­ter chances - Eric Dier and Harry Kane head­ing against the wood­work ei­ther side of the in­ter­val, and Mar­cus Rash­ford pro­duc­ing two bad misses with only Croa­tia goal­keeper Do­minik Li­vakovic to beat.

“The first half was pretty even but we had a very good chance from a corner, which we prob­a­bly should have got on the end of,” South­gate said.

“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 sec­ond­half 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. It feels like a game we should have won and I think the per­for­mance de­served that.”

RE­SULTS- Estonia 0-1 Finland, Greece 1-0 Hun­gary, Be­larus 1-0 Luxembourg, Moldova 2-0 San Marino, Bel­gium 2-1 Switzer­land, Croa­tia 0-0 Eng­land, Aus­tria 1-0 North­ern Ire­land. -BBC Sports

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