Danny Rose and Alex McCarthy withdraw from England squad

Annette Crawford
October 12, 2018

Southgate's side were beaten by Croatia in Russian Federation earlier this year when they stood on the cusp of their first World Cup final appearance since 1966.

John Stones has urged England to "set things straight" as they prepare to confront Croatia in the Nations League just 93 days after losing against Zlatko Dalic's side in the World Cup semi-final. Should Southgate play players like Sancho, Maddison and Mount to test the youth, or should England go full strength with Kane, Sterling and Henderson?

Watford's Nathaniel Chalobah is another hoping to win his first cap, with Leicester's Ben Chilwell and Tottenham's Harry Winks aiming to win their second.

"When I said that after the game, it wasn't meant to be the players or the head coach but more in regards to the media and some commentary we could read or watch", he said. I think we've got a new game, a new challenge in front of us. The team who play will be the team we believe in.

The newly-crowned FIFA Best Men's player accused the media of failing to give Croatia the recognition they deserved in the build-up to July's 2-1 extra-time victory in Moscow.

Croatia were punished after a swastika was marked on their pitch before a Euro 2016 home qualifier against Italy. It was a odd experience, really, being in such a bubble then coming home to see how everyone got behind us back home.

"It is going to be very different", he said.

"I am sure Croatia feel the same. They'd like to have the encouragement of an incredibly passionate support".

"Tomorrow is an important game, especially after the game against Spain".

Southgate's side would be wise to expect a response from the World Cup runners-up on a night that could see some new faces get a run out.

Croatia's starting XI: Livakovic, Jedvaj, Lovren, Vida, Pivaric, Rakitic, Kovacic, Kramaric, Modric, Perisic, Rebic.

"It's something I've reflected on and I've dwelled on it after the tournament", Stones said.

"So, it's a really good test for us". "Several players who can't play tomorrow, so we need to come up with the best possible solutions".

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