UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE: Titleholders held by croatia

France continue slow Nations League start with draw against Croatia .A reshuffled France drew away to Croatia in their second Nations League game on Monday following an opening 2-1 defeat to Denmark.

The defending champions went ahead through Adrien Rabiot’s goal early in the second half but Andrej Kramaric’s late penalty gave the hosts a deserved draw.

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Deschamps was back on the bench after he missed Friday’s game against Denmark following the death of his father.

Deschamps said the result was not satisfying and even if it was a competitive game France main goal is to prepare for the World Cup at the end of the year. France next travel Austria on Friday before hosting Croatia next Monday.

England renew their rivalry with Germany in the UEFA Nations League ahead of the game in Munich

Germany is still the benchmark, according to England manager Gareth Southgate, ahead of their UEFA Nations League meeting on Tuesday night.

Germany have a proud history when it comes to major tournaments, winning the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships a combined seven times and reaching another seven finals.

Last summer, Southgate’s side defeated Germany in the knockout stages on their route to the EURO 2020 Final, although it was only the Three Lions’ second major final defeat.

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“For me, Germany and Brazil are still the bar in terms of countries that have continuously won championships,” Southgate said.

“Even though everyone remembers the 5-1 win here [in 2001], they went on to win the World Cup on the strength of it.”

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