Jordan Pickford has claimed that England have got better since reaching the World Cup semi-finals.
The Three Lions play Croatia in a winner-takes-all clash in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday, with a place in the last four of the competition up for grabs.
Croatia beat England in the semi-finals of the World Cup and the two sides drew 0-0 in a behind-closed-doors match in Rijeka last month.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the game, goalkeeper Pickford said he thinks England's level has increased since the summer.
"I think it had to. We want to progress as a group and progress for England and become better and better.
"We couldn't just rest after getting knocked out in the semi-finals; that was the start to move forward and become as good as we can as a group.
"We are definitely progressing and the first hurdle was we wanted to beat these top teams in the world.
"Some people said we don't beat the top teams and we know we are capable of doing it."