World Cup semi-final: England vs Croatia
Venue: Luzhniki sports stadium, national capital Date: Wednesday, eleven Gregorian calendar month (19:00 BST)
Coverage: Full match comment on BBC Radio five live, text comment, report, and highlights on BBC.
England vs Croatia World Cup 2018 semi-final fixture between England and Croatia, England’s opportunity to reach the World Cup final for the first time since 1966 and their first appearance in a World Cup semi-final since 1990, where France now lie in wait.
April 24, 1996 – DRAW 0-0 (friendly)
August 20, 2003 – WON 3-1 (friendly)
June 21, 2004 – WON 4-2 (Euro 2004)
October 11, 2006 – LOST 0-2 (Euro 2008 qualifying)
November 21, 2007 – LOST 2-3 (Euro 2008 qualifying)
September 10, 2008 – WON 4-1 (World Cup 2010 qualifying)
September 9, 2009 – WON 5-1 (World Cup 2010 qualifying)
Gareth Southgate’s England side have reached a first World Cup semi-final in 28 years, following a 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden at the weekend.
Now they will look to reach a first final since 1966 when they meet Croatia on Wednesday evening.
The Three Lions will enter the clash in confident moods, such as the relative ease with which they saw off Jannes Andersson’s side in the last eight.
Zlatko Dalic began with a 4-2-3-1 system against Russia but were poor until introducing Marcelo Brozovic. This allowed Modric and Rakitic to push forward knowing that Brozovic was there to protect them.
As such, Dalic could revert to the 4-1-4-1 that saw them through the group stage. The only change is that Sime Vrsaljko has been ruled out of the semi-final, which means veteran defender Vedran Corluka is likely to start in his absence.
Despite certain, perhaps unfair, remarks of criticism aimed at Raheem Sterling, manager Gareth Southgate will have no reason to change a winning team.
Kieran Trippier has been a standout player for England so far as has the defensive duo of John Stones and Harry Maguire.
As the games grow increasingly more important, it’s unlikely that Dele Alli will be dropped for the lesser experienced Ruben Loftus-Cheek, whilst replacing Ashley Young for Danny Rose would be harsh.
England vs Croatia Prediction:
England vs Croatia The chances of both teams are almost equal but I am favoring Croatia like its England 49% and Croatia is 51%. and if you talk about score prediction than it would be 2-1.