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Barkley and Rashford start for England in Croatia
By Eurosport

12/10/2018 at 18:35Updated 12/10/2018 at 18:43

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has been rewarded for his impressive start to the season with a place in England's side for their Nations League qualifier in Croatia.

Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell is handed a debut at the Rijeka Stadium in a repeat of the World Cup semi-final that Croatia won 2-1 after extra-time in Moscow.

The match is being played behind closed doors as a UEFA punishment for a Swastika being marked on a pitch before a Croatia Euro 2016 qualifier with Italy.

It is Barkley's first outing for England since 2016 while Manchester United forward Rashford is given the nod despite being hauled off and accused of being "sad" by Jose Mourinho during Manchester United's 3-2 win over Newcastle in the Premier League last Saturday

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England lost their opening match in the Nations League, suffering a 2-1 defeat at home to Spain last month.

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