Southampton's Alex McCarthy withdraws from England squad

Barcelona’s game with Las Palmas was played in an empty stadium because of unrest in Catalonia

England are aiming to avenge defeat by their hosts in the World Cup semi-final just 93 days ago.

Gareth Southgate's side travel a tough Nations League double-header this month, kicking off at Croatia on Friday before heading to Spain.

Jadon Sancho, James Maddison, Mason Mount and Lewis Dunk are in the senior squad for the first time, but the quartet have seamlessly slotted in. "It was such a big occasion for us as players and the nation, and so hard to take". There's no-one in the squad here who we wouldn't put in the team.

"It's not experimentation, it's players we believe in".

'We want players to feel comfortable and try and get the best out of them.

"We'll pick a team that we think is the best one to win the game".

Friday's match will be played behind closed doors at Stadion HNK Rijeka as Croatia complete a stadium ban imposed by UEFA for having a swastika on the pitch in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.

It is believed Southgate showed his players footage of last year's La Liga clash between Barcelona and Las Palmas at an empty Camp Nou to prepare them for the stadium silence. It was a unusual experience, really, being in such a bubble then coming home to see how everyone got behind us back home.

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"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".

"It is going to be very different", he said. "They'd like to have the encouragement of an incredibly passionate support".

"This is an important game especially after Spain", said Modric.

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.

"I am looking at their midfield - Modric, Rakitic, Kovacic, with Rebic and Perisic".

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

"But it's important for us, we want to play as well as possible to achieve a good result". We learned a huge amount from the summer, but we are two games down the line now.

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