Artim Sakiri has warned England they will struggle to qualify for the European Championship finals if there are any repeats of their sub-standard performance against Macedonia at Old Trafford.

Sakiri was on target when his country earned a shock 2-2 draw at St Mary's four years ago and they proved that was no fluke by fighting out a goalless draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Now England need a positive result when they tackle Croatia in Zagreb on Wednesday to stop themselves becoming involved in a close-run battle to qualify for Austria and Switzerland in 2008.

Former West Bromwich Albion player Sakiri said: "I felt we had deserved a positive result in the first game at home to England. In that game they got one chance and scored through Peter Crouch. This time they hit the post. That's football.

"I felt England were under pressure because they were at home and needed to win the game whereas we had nothing to lose and just went out and played good football.

"We made England look ordinary and we actually wanted to get three points but it was a fair result.

"The confidence of England was big at the beginning of the game but, after that, our confidence got higher because the players saw it was easier than they thought it was going to be over here.

"I was expecting more attacking-wise. They were a bit predictable and Wayne Rooney struggled after being away from the national team for the past few games."