Thursday, 13 December, 2018

England v Croatia: Head-to-head record and previous meetings

Zlatko Dalic says he expects an open attacking game against England Zlatko Dalic says he expects an open attacking game against England More
Frederick Owens | 10 July, 2018, 19:33

England will contest their first FIFA World Cup semi-final for 28 years on Wednesday when they take on Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

And with every player fit Southgate is likely to stick with the XI that beat Sweden 2-0 on Saturday to put England into their first semi-final since 1990. "The higher the level of opponent, if you press in a disorganised fashion, then you will get picked through and we have got to be conscious of that", he said.

The former Dynamo Kiev player's actions were widely perceived as anti-Russian, prompting the host nation's fans to pledge their allegiance to England in the latter's semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday night.

Behind him, England's midfield will face their biggest test as they look to deal with star pairing Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, not to mention the likes of Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic.

For a country with a population of little more than four million, making it all the way to the final would be a remarkable achievement.

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Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Lloris said: "They are an exhaustive team, they know how to do everything". He was criticised throughout the World Cup for his theatrics and play-acting and only managed two goals in five games.


Their one defeat came against Belgium in their final group game, in a match between two essentially reserve sides. But there is less pressure on them now.

The Three Lions have had several fitness worries going into the match, with Jordan Henderson suffering from a tight hamstring in the final stages of the win over Sweden and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford hurting his thumb.

"We'll just have to assess people as we go".

Henderson, if again selected as England's sole holding midfielder, will need to be at his disruptive best to prevent the Croatians developing a stranglehold in the middle of the pitch, while also watching out for those surging runs forward.

However, Kane's partner in attack, Raheem Sterling, has pace to burn and England's totem will be on hand to benefit if that causes problems for the Croatians.

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