Le Tissier says England missed Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana at the World Cup

Former professional footballer Matt le Tissier looks on during day fifteen of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on December 30, 2013 in London, England.

England lost the semifinal of the World Cup to Croatia, and Le Tissier reckons a lack of creativity in the midfield cost them.

Adam Lallana of Liverpool battles with Jay Harris of Tranmere Rovers during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 11, 2018 in...

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.

Adam Lallana of England looks on during the England training session at St Georges Park on June 6, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

"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.

Adam Lallana of England #18 and  Lorenzo Pellegrini of Italy compete for the ball during the friendly match between England and Italy at Wembley Stadium on March 27, 2018 in London,...

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