The semi-final between England and Croatia will take place on Wednesday, July 11 (7 pm) at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.
The 80,000-capacity venue will also host the final. Croatians have been wonderful in Russia, boasting the best form in group stages with three wins in three games which include victories over Nigeria Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
In Luka Modric alongside Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic, Croatia have arguably the best central midfield in the competition, with Mario Mandzukic leading their attack. Croatia have struggled to get 90 minutes to win in the knockout stages, requiring penalties to beat both Denmark and the hosts, Russia.
England have won three of their last five competitive games against Croatia. Gareth Southgate and his youngsters are just game away, to reach a World Cup final for the first time since 1966 and their first appearance in a World Cup semi-final since 1990. England’s Harry Kane is currently the top scorer at the ongoing tournament with six goals, while Croatia have so far had eight different scorers.
“We don’t have renowned world-class players yet, but lots of good young players who are showing on a world stage that they’re prepared to be brave with the ball, try to play the right way, have shown some mental resilience as well over the last few weeks,” said England manager, Southgate.
Jamie Vardy is the only fitness concern for Gareth Southgate, as Croatia face wait to discover if Danijel Subasic (hamstring) and Sime Vrsaljko (knee) will be fit to face England on Wednesday.
Croatia possible starting lineup:
Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Modric, Rebic, Kramaric, Perisic, Mandzukic
England possible starting lineup:
Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Henderson, Alli, Lingard, Young, Sterling, Kane
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