Here are some things we knew before the game:
England don’t have a strong midfield. In the past, England have resorted to hitting long-balls, running themselves into the ground chasing them and end up losing to a more cunning, patient opponent.
England aren’t very good at creating chances to score other than through set-pieces.
Kyle Walker isn’t really a centre-back.
All of these were evident against Croatia. England gave it a good old go and had a couple of near-misses but were ultimately beaten by a superior opponent – and there is no shame in that.
The common theme in England’s pre-season friendlies and in their World Cup performances is that they start well in an energetic opening 30 minutes and then the opposition figures them out. Kieran Trippier’s free-kick was a brilliant piece of technique but immediately after that opening surge, Croatia dominated the match.
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