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Can England carry on their new found form?

Last updated: November 13, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 14:00
Venue: Wembley
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: WDWLL
Away Form: WDLDL
Last Meeting: Croatia 0 – 0 England
Competition: Uefa Nations League

The Three Lions are looking to continue their recent upturn in form, especially after a fantastic 3-2 win against Spain in their last outing. It was a tremendous display of counter-attacking football and demonstrated to the world what this young team is capable of. Furthermore, England will be looking to get their first win against Croatia since the World Cup Semi-Final heartbreak. The last game ended in a 0-0 stalemate that was bizarrely played behind closed doors. Hopefully the atmosphere will be better in this one!

In their last outing, England combined a spectacular display of counter-attacking football with resolute defending and shocked Spain with a performance for the ages. In preparation for Sundays game with Croatia, England will first play a friendly against the USA. In a move criticised by some, Wayne Rooney will be coming out of international retirement and play a his final England game and make his 120th appearance. Gareth Southgate has called it a tribute to England’s record scorer, and proceeds will go to The Wayne Rooney Foundation. It remains to be seen if this will be good preparation for England.

Looking towards this match and England are set to miss Harry Maguire after has injured playing for Leicester. Danny Welbeck also suffered a serious injury at the weekend and will be out for a while. Callum Wilson will be hoping to feature, having been called up to the England squad for the first time, and Jordan Sancho will hope is Bundesliga form can be replicated for the Three Lions.

Since the World Cup, Croatia’s form has plummeted. They have not won a competitive fixture, and only recently managed a struggling 2-1 victory over Jordan. It seems as though the magic of the World Cup has well and truly worn off for this team and they will be happy with any kind of result from this game. There is no significant injury news of note, and Zlatko Dalic will be hoping for a return to winning ways.


Team News

Harry Maguire will miss the game due to injury picked up in Leicester’s match against Cardiff

There have been recalls for Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who both missed out last time

Croatia have their stars available with Modric and Rakitic in the squad.

ivan Strinic remains on the sidelines with a heart condition


Expected Line-Ups:

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England (4-3-3): Pickford, Trippier, Gomez, Stones, Chilwell, Alli, Barkley, Dier, Rashford, Sterling, Kane
Subs: Bettinelli, Butland, McCarthy, Alexander-Arnold, Dunk, Keane, Shaw, Walker, Delph, Henderson, Lingard, Loftus-Cheek, Winks, Sancho, Wilson
Injured: Maguire
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Croatia (4-3-3): Kalinic, Vida, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Pivaric, Brozović, Rakitic, Modric, Perisic, Kovacic, Rebic
Subs: Livakovic, Letica, Jedvaj, Mitrovic, Caleta-Car, Milic, Pasalic, Badelj, Piaca, Bradaric, Vlasic, Pjaca, Brekalo, Kramaric
Injured: Strinic
Doubtful:
Not available:

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
06/02/2008 UEFA Nations League Croatia 0 – 0 England
11/07/2018 FIFA World Cup Croatia 2 – 1 England Trippier 5′
09/09/2009 FIFA World Cup England 5 – 1 Croatia Lampard 8′
10/09/2008 FIFA World Cup Croatia 1 – 4 England Walcott 26′
21/11/2007 UEFA European Championship England 2 – 3 Croatia Kranjcar 8′
11/10/2006 UEFA European Championship Croatia 2 – 0 England Eduardo 61′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

England are looking to continue their penchant for attacking. Whilst this often results in end-to-end games, it means a leaky defence. Look for both teams to score, even if the last game was 0-0. The crowd noise at wembly will buoy both teams on abd result in a frantic fixture. If you fancy a bet, why not check 888sport.