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Harry Kane backed to end England drought by Gareth Southgate

Harry Kane backed to end England drought by Gareth Southgate

"We were a real threat. The most important thing for the team is we create chances, look unsafe, and the players who didn't score tonight will score".

Just 93 days after the Three Lions lost to Zlatko Dalic's men in the World Cup semi-finals, the countries met in surroundings that could scarcely have been more different to July's huge encounter at the packed Luzhniki.

Eric Dier and Harry Kane hit the woodwork on a night when Marcus Rashford wasted two great chances, meaning the opportunity to exact World Cup revenge went begging as the Group A4 encounter ended goalless on a unusual night for all involved.

And that was about it. Gareth Southgate, though, still managed to find positives from the game and felt his side should have won.

Dier's shot against the post came a minute before the break, with Kane's header off of the bar coming six minutes after.

"When you set the standards that I've set over the last few years and you fall a little bit below them, people are going to talk", he said.

Much of that was to do with England's industry and always playing on the front foot.

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"It was odd, the first experience of it for all of us", Dier told Sky Sports.

Sancho became the second youngest England player to win his first cap in a competitive game, behind Manchester United's Duncan Edwards who died at the age of 21 as a result of the injuries he suffered in the Munich air crash of 1958. "A couple of fans got up on the hill, but once the game started it was in the back of our minds".

Ross Barkley had strong claims for a penalty waived away on his first worldwide appearance for two-and-a-half years before Rashford was twice presented with golden chances to score for the third straight game for his country.

"We could easily hear the ones on the hill", said Dier.

Rashford got clear again moments later but saw his side-footed strike saved by Dominik Livakovic as England stepped up the tempo and Tin Jedvaj was booked for a late lunge on Dier.

Kane is a natural goalscorer that may have seen his overall form and impact on games vary in recent months, but ultimately he will continue to get in the right areas to score.

Kovacic was replaced by Milan Badelj, and soon afterwards Kane rifled home from Henderson's pass but the flag was already up. Having an extra player in the attacking phase would help Southgate's side create more chances and maintain possession more efficiently.