Gareth Southgate's side reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russian Federation, but have still not recorded the landmark win he believes will cement their status. Rashford twice fired too close to Dominik Livakovic with just the Croatia goalkeeper to beat, while Eric Dier and Harry Kane also hit the woodwork for the Three Lions as Croatia toiled. "I like the way he interprets the game by trying to play with the ball and adapting to his players, which is something we all must do. We could easily hear the ones on the hill, they were the only ones here". "The performance deserved that". "We've got different qualities. We can't defend for 90 minutes".
"Last season would have been even better for both teams because of the talent that he is".
Others had more luck, despite the English Football Association urging fans not to travel.
"We want to maintain that excitement because the fans are seeing unique, fabulous football".
Tottenham striker Kane may have won the Golden Boot at the World Cup finals in Russian Federation, but hasn't scored in six games now, a run extended in Friday's 0-0 draw in Croatia.
England avoided defeat this time, but any comparisons between the two occasions are utterly futile.
England's Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund's exciting 18-year old winger, produced a darting run late on after coming off the bench to replace Raheem Sterling and make his global debut before the match fizzled out in the final few minutes.
Chilwell was sharp in challenges, sound with his distribution and produced a high quality first-half cross that nearly brought a goal for Raheem Sterling. However, he had strong claims for a penalty waived away as he drove into the box and went over a clumsy challenge from Ante Rebic.
Barkley will hope for another chance to prove he is on his way back to his best after a lost period of his career.
"While we all endorse the campaign against racism and want to see all that prejudice and bigotry stamped out of the game, the nature of this punishment against the Croatian FA is also punishing the innocent", said Kevin Miles, chief executive of the Football Supporters' Federation in England. "And tonight we played well". "We have to keep getting in those situations". I thought he came on and made an impact as well.
Lallana, 30, has not played since 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on August 20. "It's an opportunity to look at some younger players".
Henderson and Walker combined to win a corner with a swift counter down the right as the game reached the half-hour, but again Croatia repelled the set piece. Ben Chilwell, the Leicester full-back making his first England start, was addressed as "Chilly" whenever he was in possession; perhaps he will get "Ben" once familiarity kicks in. He's so good on the ball, he's got a great work ethic and he still does the defensive work. "He should be really pleased". The first half was even.
"We were a real threat". We still have a lot of time ahead of us.