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England beat Croatia 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League at Wembley

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Dele Alli and Eric Dier celebrate England's victory against Croatia

Dele Alli and Eric Dier celebrate England's victory against Croatia

Gary Neville gave his verdict to England after a UEFA Nations League victory over Croatia, explaining why the victory was an "important step", why Britain is now "biting back", and where they still need to be improved.

Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane scored as England came from behind to win 2-1 at Wembley and qualify for the semi-finals of the National League next summer.

This is what former England defender Neville said Sky Sports after the game …

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Important step

"There is no shortcut for England to return to where they are in the summer, they have to step by step and grow towards the next tournament, and this is a big moment today. Summer disappointment hit, but to recover and play games against Spain and Croatia, and to go back and win groups is a great team effort and it tells you a lot about team spirit.

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Watch the spotlight about England's 2-1 win against Croatia in the UEFA Nations League

Watch the spotlight about England's 2-1 win against Croatia in the UEFA Nations League

"We could have won 2-0 in the first half, but it had many of the same patterns as the summer, in the case they stayed there, showed resilience, then got a goal, then got stronger, but this time we bit back, and that's the development .Gareth will think where the game changes, we really return to them and are able to finish stronger.

"This is a meaningless game as much as summer, but, as I said, there is no shortcut to returning to summer, this is step by step and this is an important step."

The right to feel happy

"It's been a long time of calamity and sadness and low hopes. Getting carried away with England is not a bad thing considering where we have been for the last 15-20 years. There are always high hopes and then disappointments. things. "

Harry Kane scored the winning goal for England

Harry Kane scored the winning goal for England

"After Euro 96 there is a feeling & # 39; are you going to go back to this moment and give yourself that chance & # 39; but these players look desperate to create that moment in that career again. This is difficult, you have to wait two year to get there, but they look like they are building towards the European Championship. We are on the right track and that is important. "

Back in four brilliance

"It's brilliant to watch back four. When you get out of the ball, it's easy to run on the field after you play it, but you see energy behind these four days and they keep pushing. I always remember Gareth when he played for England, he wasn't the fastest, but he is the front foot defender and always believes to be in front, and he has put it in the team.

Gareth Southgate has enjoyed a fantastic year as a British manager

Gareth Southgate has enjoyed a fantastic year as a British manager

"Four defenders really impressed me, they are still young, they will get better, they are fast, read the game well and well on the ball. They have something there."

Mid work requirements

"It seems that Gareth is not comfortable enough with a midfield combination. Today you can go from Ross Barkley, who likes to receive the ball and pass, Dele Alli, who is a runner, Jesse Lingard, who is a runner, and then Harry Winks likes to come to dance .

"I think he is still experimenting with make-up from the midfield. He is still trying to find the right combination. Even today when he tries to change the game, the first thing he sees is the midfield, he doesn't try to change the front three, so I think that's the little he wants to do. "

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