And Neville believes England are lacking a similar player.
Eric Dier and Harry Kane hit the woodwork on a night when Marcus Rashford wasted two great chances, meaning the opportunity to exact World Cup revenge went begging as the Group A4 encounter ended goalless on a odd night for all involved.
"Because England fans haven't been convicted of anything like that and yet those regular supporters who travel all over the place supporting the team are now locked out of a match and not able to support them".
Southgate's men failed to force a save in the first period but came close to the opener just before half-time as Dier met Henderson's corner with a glancing header that hit the far post.
"Football is played for the fans".
"He's been great in training and he has just got to keep working hard and playing games and I'm sure he will have a very bright future".
As a one-off 90-minute experience it was fascinating as the sparse gallery listened to the constant cajoling of Pickford, heard Jordan Henderson ask Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic was he the referee in less than complimentary terms, and discover Southgate's squad have a distinctly unimaginative line in nicknames.
England manager Gareth Southgate, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, said: "There would be more concern if we weren't creating chances".
Apart from a few songs from a handful of industrious England fans who watched the action from the top of a nearby hill, the game was played in silence.
Chilwell was sharp in challenges, sound with his distribution and produced a high quality first-half cross that nearly brought a goal for Raheem Sterling.
"This feels like a game we should have won but I was really pleased with the way we played". I'd like to have scored more for England recently.
England continue their Nations League campaign away in Spain on Monday and Kane is expecting a tough test against their hosts, who beat Wales 4-1 in a friendly earlier this week.
After 77 minutes, Jadon Sancho made his England debut, coming on for Sterling, and another change followed as Marko Livaja replaced Rebic for the home side.
"On another day we would have won 3-0", said Barkley. We know he can have an impact on the game, and he did that when we eventually got the ball to him.