Place: HNK Rijeka. Rijeka.
Date: on the 12th of October, 2018 (Friday)
Match start: 19:45 (GMT+1)
Tournament: UEFA Nations League.
Zlatko Dalić ‘s team began the fight in the Nations League with a failure. Defeat 0:6 on the field of Spain practically washed away an impression about sensational vice-world champions.
Only three substitutes should have been made in the squad that the gaming picture has changed radically. The place in gate against Spaniards was taken by Lovre Kalinić who has scored one of the goals into their own gates. In the center of defense Matej Mitrović (the 25-year-old player of Bruges who has missed 80% of the last five games for club) was warming the bench. Ivan Santini who has brilliantly began a season for Anderlecht (8 goals at 9 meetings) was playing in attack but he didn’t impress anyone in frames of the national team.
Dejan Lovren and Andrej Kramarić who missed the previous meeting of The Chequered Ones will play this time that can become the reason of improvement of quality of Croatian football players.
The match with England will be held at empty stands because of punishment from UEFA.
England has also experienced unsuccessful beginning of the new tournament, having lost to Spain (1:2) on the home field. Then Gareth Southgate’s team took a small revenge but it wasn’t full as the match against Switzerland (1:0) was informal.
The semifinalist of World Cup 2018 endures now a certain crisis which is connected with a bad form of most football players of Tottenham and a trauma of Bamidele Jermaine Alli. In fact only Harry Kane keeps a level of the high level and continues to score regularly. The truth is that both goals of England last month were scored by Marcus Rashford who doesn’t always play for Manchester United.
In October Southgate decided to try in the national team young Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), James Maddison from Leicester and Mason Mount who is from Frank Lampard’s team of the Derby County Championship.
Head-to-heads of Croatia vs. England
In a semi-final of the last World Cup everything was solved by Mandžukić ‘s goal on the 109th minute of an overtime which brought the Chequered Ones on the main match of a tournament with France (2:1, injury time). Beforethat the national teams have met in two qualification campaigns and in a final part of Euro-2004. At that meeting the victory was gained by England (4:2) who then lost to Croatia in frames of the qualification campaign.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Croatia vs. England
Croatia to win – 2.65
Draw – 3.10;
England to win – 2.80
The hosts for certain remembered all past mistakes, especially it concerns their coaching staff which for certain will not enter now into the squad the freshers. Besides Lovren and Kramarić’s return will make it impossible. So we have every chance to see summer Croatia in all beauty. The fight for the first place in the group will not be finished for someone from these national teams only if they manage to win. We believe that closer to it will be the Chequered Ones.