England suffered a huge heartbreak on Wednesday as Croatia came back from a goal down to hand them a 2-1 defeat in the semi finals of the World Cup.
The Three Lions surpassed expectations by going that far, but former international Matt Le Tissier believes they might have made it to the final if they had more creativity in the middle of the park.
Gareth Southgate's men have been the most dangerous team from set pieces in Russia, but they have struggled to create chances from open play, with only five teams registering fewer shots on target than the Three Lions.
Croatia's midfield duo Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric ran the show on Wednesday night, and Le Tissier bemoans England's lack of a midfielder like Adam Lallana capable of unlocking teams.
"We don't have too many midfielders in the squad who can create chances from very little, that midfielder who can pick a pass through the eye of a needle. That's the one area of the squad that was lacking," the Southampton legend told Sky Sports News.
"That's why people were talking about Jonjo Shelvey and Jack Wilshere, and for me also Adam Lallana. I know he was injured for large parts of the season but we lacked a player who can unlock a team and that proved to be our downfall."
Lallana could only make Southgate's five-player standby list for the World Cup having seen injuries limit him to just 15 appearances across all competitions last term.
A lack of sharpness all-campaign saw the 2016 England Player of the Year fail to register a goal or assist, and while one would never know how a fit and firing Lallana might have performed in Russia, an unavoidable sense of what might have been remains.