Teenager Sancho impresses England teammates in brief debut

Saul Niguez
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14 October, 2018

Every player could be heard clearly on the pitch and it was more like watching a training session, or a game of Federation Internationale de Football Association, than a UEFA Nations League match.

England manager Gareth Southgate insists he isn't anxious about Harry Kane's barren spell with the national team and backed him to find the net again soon enough. Promising youngsters Jadon Sancho (Dortmund), Mason Mount (on loan at Derby County from Chelsea) and James Maddison (Leicester) all received their first call ups for the senior team. "It's been tough after the World Cup not getting much rest - but I think I dealt with it well", he said.

Kane saw an effort ruled out for offside and seemingly broke the net in the process, leading to a pause in play that saw England fans get a wave from Pickford.

England boss Gareth Southgate had named a vastly inexperienced squad, including six uncapped players.

Henderson swung in a free-kick from the right and Kane got away a header that beat goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, only to come back off the crossbar. "But more often than not we just sort of do what he says". We showed good endeavour and creative play. It meant we were able to get tighter to their midfield and we were able to get higher up the pitch. Also Ross Barkley, who had a good impact on the game as well.

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"If you look at England's players coming through, there's a lack of understanding about what controlling a game is and that can really influence the tempo of a match and make a game move at the pace they want it to. And tonight we played well". When he did receive the ball, he was a threat. The first half was even.

"The atmosphere is not easy for anybody, it is sad for football but hopefully this is our last time", said Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic.

The absence of the England band was one plus point - there was no repetitive, tuneless playlist to endure - but it might have helped drown out the noise from the pitch, which is one thing you never hear when supporters are inside a stadium.

"Two totally opposite approaches, if you like, but since Gareth has come into the England set-up it has been different and we have all embraced his ideas as a team".

The Sunday Times claim that Dortmund believe they can entice Foden to come to the Westfalenstadion and link up with fellow England youth worldwide Jadon Sancho.

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