England are a force and Nations League campaign shows we belong at top level

WHEN England got the equaliser through Jesse Lingard, I turned to my son and said, ‘we’ll win this now’.

It’s not often we have believed that when watching England in recent years.

England are a force and Nations League campaign shows we belong at top level8 Gareth Southgate and Raheem Sterling celebrate a win that might help England feel a little better after their World Cup semi-final defeat to the same Croatia team

For Gareth Southgate and his side, it’s just getting better and better . . . and the manager and coaching team deserve enormous credit.

He’s carried on the good work from the World Cup in the summer and this was another brilliant performance and match.

We beat Spain away when the pressure was off, now we’ve beaten Croatia at home when all the pressure was on.

That sends a message to other countries, the big countries, when we play them again in the Nations League finals and beyond.

England are a force and Nations League campaign shows we belong at top levelGetty Images – Getty8 Jesse Lingard stabs in the match-turning equaliser for England against Croatia – set up by Harry Kane, who soon hit the winner

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