THE SOUND OF SILENCE
GARETH SOUTHGATE’S strikers were silenced in an eerily empty stadium as England blew a golden chance to kick-start their Nations League campaign.
England should have taken all three points against their World Cup semi-final conquerors behind closed doors in Rijeka.
After Tottenham duo Eric Dier and Harry Kane had hit the woodwork, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford missed two glorious second-half chances to gain some revenge over Zlatko Dalic’s stars.
But Dier claimed it was difficult for the players to adjust to the unusual circumstances.
He said: “It was strange, the first experience of it for all of us.
“A couple of fans got up on the hill but once the game started it was in the back of our minds.
“We could easily hear them, they were the only ones here.
“I thought I had scored and when I looked back I felt it was going in. It was unlucky and disappointing.”
The Croatians had to play the game behind closed doors after crazy fans mowed a swastika into the pitch in Split before a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.
A handful of England fans beat the ban, perching on a nearby hillside to give their support.