England get off to a winning start in Group D with a calm, competent performance.
The hosts did their jobs admirably, keeping control of the game before Phillips found Sterling for the winner.
Croatia tried their best to reply but England dug in to keep a clean sheet.
Southgate’s side showed impressive discipline here, beating their biggest threat in Group D with a minimum of fuss.
England are big favourites to top the group now with home games against Scotland and the Czech Republic to come.
They’re still unbeaten at Wembley in a major tournament. Croatia were a little toothless but didn’t play too badly. They’ll surely pick up a win or two in this group.
England prepare to face Scotland here next Friday, then, shortly after Croatia face the Czechs in Glasgow. On this showing Southgate’s men have nothing to fear in Group D.