Both teams were unexpected to last until this stage of the tournament, but here we are, one of this two teams will be World Cup finalist!
Croatia have advanced to the semifinals after winning the two penalty shootouts, first one vs Denmark in the Round of 16, and the second one against Russia in the Quarter Finals. They’ve showed their strength through the whole Tournament and their key players Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric look sharper then ever, can the extra accumulated minutes play against them?
Vrsaljko is injured and Corluka will take his place on the pitch, Dejan Lovren and Subasic are doubtful due to some minor injuries in the last game vs Russia.
In the other hand, England way to the Semifinals has been just a bit easier, advancing to the Quarter Finals after beating Colombia on the penalty shootout, and a clean win over Sweden 0-2 to reach the semis. The key man in England’s last 2 games has been the goalie Jordan Pickford, who has made 5 crucial saves both vs Colombia and Sweden, always flanked by Stones, Maguire, Walker or Dier who are performing on a high level every game.
Southgate has all their players fit except Jordan Henderson and Jamie Vardy who will be doubtful until the last minute.
Croatia vs England Head 2 Head last 5 Games
|09/09/2009||WQE||England||5 – 1||Croatia|
|10/09/2008||WQE||Croatia||1 – 4||England|
|21/11/2007||ECQ||England||2 – 3||Croatia|
|11/10/2006||ECQ||Croatia||2 – 0||England|
|21/06/2004||EUC||Croatia||2 – 4||England|