England captain Harry Kane denies form has dipped since World Cup

Oscar Cross
October 14, 2018

"I was really pleased he was in the areas to get those chances and his general performance as the game went on, he looked more and more of a threat", said Southgate of Rashford.

What it did prove, as if there were any doubts, is football is nothing without fans.

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"The fact is that Modric is the best player in the world officially now and we just lacked that composure, the guile and that know-how that I think a couple of that Croatia team have in [Mario] Mandzukic, [Ivan] Rakitic, [Luka] Modric and [Ivan] Perisic - they've played in Champions League finals and been around the block in the highest quality games and that's what England are just lacking at the moment", Neville told Sky Sports. "The most important thing for the team is we create chances, look unsafe, and the players who didn't score tonight will score".

Harry Kane has defended his recent form and insisted his all-round game has not dipped in the aftermath of a busy summer at the World Cup and early return to pre-season training, with the England captain declaring himself fit and eager to lead the side out against Spain. First, Southgate's men will travel to play Spain in Seville on Monday night.

Kane headed a Henderson free kick against the bar before Manchester United forward Rashford served up a pair of astonishing misses in the space of two minutes.

It was a surreal and unusual experience watching the Three Lions with atmosphere replaced by silence and the World Cup semi-final rematch suffered as a result.

England manager Gareth Southgate was disappointed with the outcome, saying: "Second half we were by far the better team and if we had taken our chances we would have won the game".

The pair used to start together for England as the Three Lions fought for qualification to the World Cup but many fans often slated the option, with some feeling it is far too negative a pairing.

The 0-0 draw in an empty Stadion HNK Rijeka handed England their first point of their Uefa Nations League campaign.

Mateo Kovacic became the second player booked for a bad challenge on Marcus Rashford, but England failed to ask any questions with their dead ball delivery. "We have to keep getting in those situations".

"I don't think my game has dipped", he said. "We should have been more ruthless".

"It will be a tough game, but these are the experiences you want to be in".

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