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.
Kane has now equalled his longest period without an global goal, but Southgate isn't concerned. Of course we've still got leaders at Liverpool who implement his message. In the second half we really came into it and if we'd been a bit more clinical we'd have won.
The game also put paid to any suggestions that football could be played without fans inside stadia.
"I can assure you we have been studying the videos".
Adam is fit enough to go and play for as long as he wants. We just have to make sure we finish the chances.
It was a unusual, lifeless match on Friday night in truth, due to the empty stadium.
Playing behind closed doors must have been odd for the players, but there were a few fearless England supporters who turned up despite not being allowed into the stadium.
Sergio Ramos hopes to celebrate his landmark appearance with victory over England
Another blank in Seville on Monday would mean seven successive games without a goal for England - the longest barren run of his global career - although his five Premier League goals for Tottenham make him second top scorer behind Chelsea's Eden Hazard.
"It wasn't an easy pitch, either, especially in the final third with people slipping and the ball bouncing up at the wrong moment".
Mount is still a Chelsea player, but after scoring 13 goals on loan at Vitesse Arnhem last season, is enjoying another fruitful loan spell with Derby under former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. Good teams, whatever the circumstances or the atmosphere or the pitch, find a way of playing.
"I looked at the Leicester squad and saw Harry and Jamie as regulars in the England set up". Ross Barkley largely failed to take his chance to impress in the Chelsea midfielder's first global appearance for two-and-a-half years.
Despite the flat nature of the night in Rijeka, England boss Garth Southgate can be encouraged by the performances of Ben Chilwell at left-back and the late cameo of Jaden Sancho who troubled a tiring Croatia backline on the wing.
"In terms of his work ethic and the stats he is producing, it's as if he is 25". So there were lots of encouraging things.
Rashford tried his luck from distance and Perisic stung the palms of Pickford when play resumed, before England struck the woodwork again. "And tonight we played well". Speaking after his country's 2-1 win over Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League, the Belgian global was full of praise for his Borussia Dortmund teammate.