From the sound of the high fives of England's players echoing around the stadium before kick-off, to the distant voices of visiting supporters somewhere on a hill near the ground asking goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for a wave, this was a surreal evening on the Adriatic coast.
Harry Kane has defended his recent form and insisted his all-round game has not dipped in the aftermath of a busy summer at the World Cup and early return to pre-season training, with the England captain declaring himself fit and eager to lead the side out against Spain. With England having good chances to beat the side that knocked them out in Russia, Southgate was happy with how his players handled their opponents and the weird circumstances of an empty ground.
"Football is played for the fans".
We were a real threat (against Croatia). "We've just got to make sure we're creating them".
Kane has now equalled his longest period without an worldwide goal, but Southgate isn't concerned.
DoubleLines Gundlach: Rates a big part of sell-off
He said the Federal Reserve was being "too aggressive" by raising interest rates this year and getting "a little bit too cute". Although the drop was unusually large, the stock market has been on a historic run of gain since the president's inauguration.
A point apiece leaves Spain out in front at the top of Group A4 ahead of Monday's meeting with England in Seville, as they have six points from their first two matches.
Chilwell was sharp in challenges, sound with his distribution and produced a high quality first-half cross that nearly brought a goal for Raheem Sterling.
The pair used to start together for England as the Three Lions fought for qualification to the World Cup but many fans often slated the option, with some feeling it is far too negative a pairing.
He can look back on his night with pride in playing his part in a clean sheet and England's first point in this Nations League campaign. "We have to keep getting in those situations". "Harry will get us goals".
Kramaric sliced wide before Croatia made the night's first change, Perisic making way for Marko Pjaca and the substitute nearly making an instant impact with an effort that curled wide. In the summer we had a system which allowed our players to embed into worldwide football but now they are more experienced.
"And I had no hesitation in throwing Jadon Sancho on late on".
"On another day we would have won 3-0", said Barkley.