Teenager Sancho impresses England teammates in brief debut

Croatia ended England's World Cup hopes at the semi-final stage in Russia

It was quite a contrast to the sides' previous meeting, just over three months ago, when Croatia and England played out a World Cup semifinal in front of 78,000 fans in Moscow. He said: "As a player, you want to win every game, even a friendly".

Henderson, who played a full part for England as they drew 0-0 with Croatia on Friday evening, has no complaints about the setup of the new competition. "The Nations League is important because it has that effect on groups and seedings for the Euros".

It's been a flawless start for new La Roja boss Luis Enrique who has won all three games in charge since replacing Julen Lopetegui.

He will also be without the suspended John Stones, who will be replaced by Liverpool's Joe Gomez. Speaking after his country's 2-1 win over Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League, the Belgian worldwide was full of praise for his Borussia Dortmund teammate.

Henderson also highlighted 18-year-old Jadon Sancho as another creative option, but the midfielder believes it would be wrong to rule out 30-year-old Lallana based purely on his age, given what he can offer.

England, by far the noisier team, adjusted to these eerie surroundings better than the home side - denied their noisy, passionate support because of Uefa's disciplinary measures.

This is a huge occasion in Seville.

Stadion HNK Rijeka will host the Nations League match
Stadion HNK Rijeka will host the Nations League match

With no fervent crowd to contend against, England did not have to endure the hostility that can unnerve even the most experienced of performers.

However, the lack of atmosphere in the stands was reflected on the pitch with neither side understandably hitting the heights they did at the World Cup when Croatia beat England 2-1 in the semi-finals. The results and the performances have been good.

Old problems remain, and a date at Real Betis' Estadio Benito Villarmarin against a resurgent Spain will be a tough proving ground to find a solution.

Raheem Sterling continually, and with justification, receives praise for his attitude and work-rate - but eventually the demand must be made for end product.

The England captain has scored seven goals in just nine appearances against the Hammers in his career. They had one from a cut-back.

Compared to Neymar by his former England under-16 coach Dan Micciche, Sancho has more assists than any player in Europe's top five leagues with nine this season, including one in the Champions League.

Wanted by Liverpool as a teenager, Maddison instead moved to Norwich before joining Leicester this summer to join two members of the World Cup squad, Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy.

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