England looked even more out of sorts in a 3-5-2 as Steve McClaren's men were easily brushed aside 2-0 by Croatia in Zagreb on Wednesday. A good header by Brazilian-born Eduardo da Silva gave Croatia
the lead after 60 minutes, before an incredible own goal from Gary Neville put the game beyond doubt. It was an unfortunate blunder from goalkeeper Paul Robinson that let in the second. An
innocuous-looking back pass from Neville bounced awkwardly in front of Robinson, who was aiming to loft it up field, and then apologetically trickled into the back of the net. Croatia certainly
deserved the win, dominating both halves, but a series of fine saves kept them out until da Silva's opener on 60 minutes. His looping header went beyond the England keeper, who had badly misjudged its
flight. Strikers Wayne Rooney and Peter Crouch suffered from a lack of service and support in England's workman-like midfield. Wingbacks Ashley Cole and Gary Neville seldom ventured forward. There are
now four teams tied with seven points in Group E -- Croatia, Israel, England and Macedonia -- but Croatia has a game in hand. Expect England's men to be absolutely vilified in the British press for
putting in another limp performance.
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