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EURO 2020: England vs Croatia: Preview, Predicted XI & Prediction

Match information

Europe, UEFA European Championship, Final Stage 1 tour

13 June 2021 - 17:00





1 - 0 Raheem Sterling - 57`

England are set to play their first game at the Euros, as they welcome Croatia at the Wembley Stadium.

Both are obvious favourites at the summer’s tournament and the Sunday’s clash will absolutely be beyond interesting.

The Three Lions are heading into the game with six wins in their last six matches, while Zlatko Dalic’s men have won only two out of their last six matches.

The teams are included in Group D, alongside Czech Republic and Scotland.

Ahead of the match England boss Gareth Southgate, said: “We obviously had the disappointment in Moscow. We’ve had two very close games since then. They are a very experienced team, with outstanding players, great mentality, incredible spirit and tactically adaptable, so they really are a big challenge for us for our first game. But we know that we have been able to beat them.”

And here is what Dalic said: “We will pick the best team we can for this match, we have quality players and we are not afraid. We know that England are very fast, very aggressive in attack, they have top players. We will need to respond with a solid block, but also will look out for possession and try to attack, as only defending will not bring us any good.”

Here is how England and Croatia could line up against each other.

England: Pickford; Trippier, Stones, Mings, Chilwell; Phillips, Rice; Sterling, Mount, Rashford; Kane

Croatia: Livakovic; Vrsaljko, Caleta-Car, Vida, Gvardiol; Brozovic; Kramaric, Modric, Kovacic, Pericic; Rebic

England, as mentioned, will play in London, which will give them a psychological advantage, and our prediction is that the Three Lions will beat Croatia 1-0.

Prediction: England 1-0 Croatia.

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