Gareth Southgate’s England have long been criticised for being unable to beat top opposition but the side silenced those views with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over world number one Belgium on Sunday.
A young and up-and-coming Three Lions side had lost to Belgium in the third place playoff at the 2018 World Cup, but they claimed some sort of vengeance with Sunday’s UEFA Nations League victory in London.
“To go and win against such a top team should give them a sense of what might be possible over the next few years,” Southgate said.
England impressed in their ability to cop early pressure before making some tactical changes to get on top and find a way to score twice.
“We had a 20-minute spell where we were getting caught down the sides,” Southgate said.
“But we rode through that and in a top-level game we were able to use the ball well and create chances.”
Croatia applied some pressure on those sides in Group A3 with a 2-1 win over Sweden thanks to in-form Andrej Kramaric’s late strike in Zagreb.