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England vs Croatia

Competition – FIFA World Cup

Stadium¬†–¬†Luzhniki Stadium

Date: 11th July 2018

Kick-off time – 19:00 GMT

With no hype and not many egos to manage, England have stormed to the semifinal of this World Cup and there is a real sense that this group is destined to write their names into the book of history.

The English men started their campaign by beating Tunisia and Panama in their opening two group games.

They scored 8 times in those games and conceded just twice.

Their last group game was a dress rehearsal for the knockout stages and they lost an unimportant game 1-0 to Belgium.

England went on to beat Colombia in penalties in the round of 16 after extra time had ended 1-1.

Their quarterfinal game against Sweden ended in an impressive 2-0 win for the Three Lions and enhanced their reputation in this competition.

England have been improving with every game they play and they are now one of the favourites to win the tournamet alongside France and Belgium.

Croatia have won all of their matches before this semifinal and they will be looking to go all the way unbeaten.

They started with a 2-0 win over Nigeria before beating Argentina 3-0 in their next group game.

Croatia went on to beat Iceland 2-1 in their final group game to setup a round of 16 tie against Denmark.

They beat the Danes on penalties and faced Russia next.

The Russians took the lead but Andrej Kramaric equalized for Croatia before one more goal from each team in extra time meant penalties were needed to separate them following a 2-2 draw.

Croatia won the shootout with Ivan Rakitic their hero again.

Croatia will know that England are a tougher opponent than those they have faced before and this game has the making of a thriller.

Bookmakers believe England will progress to the final however the odds are close and Croatia will have their supporters with their extremely talented midfield.

Possible starting lineups:

England

Pickford
Maguire
Stones
Walker
Young
Lingard
Henderson
Alli
Trippier
Kane
Sterling

Croatia

Subasic
Strinic
Vida
Lovren
Vrsaljko
Perisic
Kramaric
Modric
Rakitic
Rebic
Mandzukic

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

England

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Russia 2-2 Croatia 7 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Croatia 1-1 Denmark 1 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Iceland 1-2 Croatia 26 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Argentina 0-3 Croatia 21 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Croatia 2-0 Nigeria 16 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup

Croatia

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Sweden 0-2 England 7 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Colombia 1-1 England 3 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup
L England 0-1 Belgium 28 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W England 6-1 Panama 24 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Tunisia 1-2 England 18 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup

H2H

No previous meetings between these two sides.

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