The journey of Euro 2020 begins on Sunday for England. They will face Croatia in their first match at Wembley Stadium. Last time in World Cup 2018, Croatia knocked England out from the competition from the semi-final. They will face each other after 3 years again.
England will play at their home with the support of 22,500 audiences. Still, the whole England team is under immense pressure. Gareth Southgate’s team gave a brilliant performance before so they set very high expectations to their fans.
Also, England did not win any Euro Cup title. From this team and the manager, the fans are expecting a very good result. But for this, they need to beat Croatia first.
Also, the whole England team is now in the mood of taking revenge for World Cup 2018. It will give them extra motivation.
In the previous two matches against Austria and Romania, they kept a clean sheet. Also, Bukayo Saka scored the only goal against Romania.
Also, it is a fact that England is unbeaten in Wembley Stadium in any major tournament. Also, England did not win their first match of Euro in their last 9 attempts.
Also, Croatia did not remain the same after they lost in the World Cup final against France. Zlatko Dalic tried his best to keep motivated but still, the Croatian couldn’t. Also, their 2 big players were retired from International Football. Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic retired.
Also, in their last two fixtures, Croatia couldn’t grab a victory. They faced Belgium where they lost 1-0 and also they drew 1-1 against Armenia. In the Belgium match, Lukaku scored the only goal.
England form (all competitions):
W W W W W W
Croatia form (all competitions):
L L W W D L
England has been handed a timely defensive boost as Harry Maguire is back in training ahead of the opener.
As England’s min defender is out for injury in this match so Southgate will play with 3 men defense.
Also, this is a big task for Southgate to choose only two people from Rashford, Sterling, Mason Mount, Phil Foden Sancho.
As for Croatia, experienced defender Dejan Lovren remains slightly doubtful through injury. Domagoj Vida and Duje Caleta-Car should partner up in the heart of the rearguard.
England possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Walker, Stones, Shaw; Trippier, Rice, Phillips, Chilwell; Mount, Grealish; Kane
Croatia possible starting lineup:
Livakovic; Vrsaljko, Vida, Caleta-Car, Barisic; Brozovic, Kovacic; Rebic, Modric, Perisic; Petkovic