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John Stones hopes to move on from his World Cup frustration and “put things right” when England take on Croatia in the Nations League.
England’s run to the last four of the World Cup came to a heartbreaking end in July as Zlatko Dalic’s side came from behind to secure a 2-1 extra-time win in Moscow.
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October 12, 2018, 7:00pm
The 24-year-old refrained from talking about revenge on the eve of the game, but the defender spoke of improving aspects of the display when they step out at the empty Stadion HNK Rijeka.
“I think however we want to put it, we’ve got to play them no matter what,” Stones said of the Group A4 match, which will be played behind closed doors as Croatia complete a UEFA stadium ban.
“I don’t want to say anything about the World Cup. I think we’ve got a new game, a new challenge in front of us.
“Obviously it will be a different environment for me personally and a lot of the lads without having any fans here, but that’s something that we can’t control and it’s down to what happened here in the past.
“So, it’s a great experience for us all and hopefully we can put things right.
“We want to come here and show a good account of ourselves, show that we can hopefully beat Croatia and keep fighting in this Nations League.”
England lost their first Nations League match 2-1 against Spain, who then secured an eye-catching 6-0 win against Croatia days later.
Southgate’s side could see some new faces get a run out with Jadon Sancho, James Maddison, Mason Mount and Lewis Dunk in the senior squad for the first time.