John Stones tells England to start new era by healing World Cup wound

by Theguardian

Football
• Semi-final defeat still plays on your mind, says Stones• Croatia’s Luka Modric wary of Harry Kane threat

John Stones has urged England to “set things straight” as they prepare to confront Croatia in the Nations League just 93 days after losing against Zlatko Dalic’s side in the World Cup semi-final.

Gareth Southgate will gauge the evolution of his team since the summer tournament at an empty Stadion HNK Rijeka on Friday with Uefa having barred supporters from the fixture after a swastika was marked on their pitch before a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy. The visitors, while bolstered by fresh faces in their squad, will still field a side largely comprising those who featured at the Luzhniki Stadium with points to prove.

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