To get this answer all of us will have to wait for tonight as the UEFA Nations League match between England vs Croatia is going to start at 8 pm at Wembley Stadium – London.
In the recent months including the world cup semi-finals, both teams have met twice and in those two matches, England couldn’t win a single match. Though the last match was a draw.
While giving an interview to skysports, Southgate was saying: “We’ve obviously played them twice in the last few months and we know their style of play, we know their preferences, the areas that they build up.”
If England wins today’s match, they will qualify for next summer’s Nations League finals. In this match, any winner will top the group and the loser will relegate to League B. If they draw then Spain will be the group champion.
Well, this is anyone’s game. Both teams have quality and both will come out trying to score. But one thing to remember – England is a tough place to visit and getting wins it is rare.
Obviously, Croatia has one of the best players in the world as Harry Kane mentioned the Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric in the press meeting but Mandzukic’s retirement will be a plus for the three lions. How can English fans forget Mario Mandzukic!
Zlatko Dalic, Croatian coach said: “We beat them in the semi-final of the World Cup. That’s the most important thing. Nobody can forget this. That was the most important result from the three matches.”
Croatia may have conceded 6 goals against Spain but the next match was a 3-2 win for them. Justifying a team with one match will be like judging a book by its cover. This is football! Anything can happen at any moment.
An interesting statistic which may blow the English fans that England has lost one of their last four home matches against Croatia which was in 2007, in a Euro. In head-to-head battle both teams have 9 clashes where England won 4 matches, Croatia won 3 matches, and the rest 2 matches were drawn. Now we’ll have to wait tonight for the 10th battle’s result.
England possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Walker, Gomez, Maguire, Shaw; Alli, Henderson, Barkley; Sterling, Kane, Rashford
Croatia possible starting lineup:
Kalinic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Jedvaj; Modric, Brozovic, Rakitic; Kramaric, Rebic, Perisic