Croatia and England are setting out to fulfill their dream of advancing into the World Cup 2018 final stage, but in order for it to happen, they must battle against each others this Wednesday.
Already equaling the legendary 1998 squad’s achievement of reaching the semifinal stage, Zlatko Dalic’s men now aiming to go further, at least getting themselves into the tournament’s final.
Despite experiencing two straight 120 minutes plus penalty shoot out battles in previous rounds, Croatia players remain upbeat ahead of their match up against Three Lions as the Vatreni are determined to get that final ticket.
Nevertheless, pushing up that energy level might be one of Dalic’s main challenges for his team, since they did looked really tired on their last fixture against Russia.
Moreover, another issue that the tactician is keen on improving his side’s attackers, as their strikers’ production is not particularly productive.
Meanwhile, England themselves are also determined in making into the final stage of World Cup 2018, as they haven’t made that far after they’re only glory in the tournament back on 1966.
Having a relatively young squad doesn’t seem to lower down Gareth Soutgate’s men believes over their chances in making it all the way.
Considering there’s no injury or suspension troubling Three Lions for the semifinal tie, there doesn’t to be much changes that Southgate will be making against Crotia as the tactician seemingly confident with his basic setup.
Probable starting line up:
Croatia: Danijel Subasic(g); Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic; Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic; Ante Rebic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic; Mario Mandzukic.
England: Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Kieran Trippier, Dele, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane.
Source: 1000 Goals.