After a disappointing campaign in 2016, England steamrolled to this edition with a first-place finish in Group A of the qualifiers, winning seven of eight games. The Three Lions were great in front of goal as well, scoring 37 and conceding just six.
With a huge pool of talents from the Premier League and beyond at their disposal, Gareth Southgate and his men hope that this will be their year after failing in nine previous appearances.
Croatia go into this showcase having topped Group E after winning five of eight games. Zlatko Dalić’s side have been in the tournament five times without silverware and this will be their fifth consecutive appearance. They will hope to make a run to the final as they did in the 2018 World Cup.
Harry Kane the one to watch
During the qualifiers, England scored for fun and the Tottenham Hotspur striker had a major role to play in it. The 27-year-old netted 12 goals, the highest number achieved by a player. He was a creator as well, making five assists for his side.
Kane had a 55% conversion rate, which was again the highest among the top 25 goalscorers. He scored a goal every 56 minutes, a commendable stat line. He has been priced by Betway at 2.22 to score at any moment in the upcoming game.
Croatia have multiple players who can hurt England albeit there isn’t a main goalscorer after the exit of Mario Mandzukic. Andrej Kramaric was given the lowest odds among Croatian players (4.95).
England are huge favorites to grab a win in this game, with Betway pricing Gareth Southgate’s side at 1.63. Croatia, in comparison, have been priced at 5.21. Harry Kane is a danger man in this one and has been priced at 2.22 to be an anytime goalscorer in the upcoming clash.
Croatia announced their final squad on 17th May 2021. There have been no real issues since then.
Croatia predicted XI: Livakovic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Duje Ćaleta-Car, Barisic, Modric, Rog, Kovacic, Brozovic, Perisic, Kramaric
England announced a 33-man squad in late May and Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood withdrew on 1st June. After the final squad was announced later on, Trent Alexander Arnold suffered an injury and has been replaced by Ben White.
England predicted XI: Pickford, Walker, Mings, Stones, Trippier, Rice, Phillips, Mount, Sterling, Kane, Foden
England v Croatia head-to-head
18th November, 2018: England 2-1 Croatia (UEFA Nations League)
12th October, 2018: Croatia 0-0 England (UEFA Nations League)
11th July, 2018: Croatia 2-1 England (FIFA World Cup)
9th September, 2009: England 5-1 Croatia (FIFA World Cup qualifiers)
10th September, 2008: Croatia 1-4 England (FIFA World Cup qualifiers)
England will go into this game with confidence due to their recent form against their upcoming opponents, winning three and losing one of their last five matches. The game they lost was a 2018 World Cup semifinal.
Both teams have clashed once in the European Championships (2004) where England recorded a 4-2 victory.
How to follow the tournament in Ghana
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Enjoy selected live matches televised on Joy Prime (English) and Adom TV (Akan). You can also watch games in high definition on the HD+ Decoder, where Joy Prime HD is channel 102 and Adom TV HD is channel 103.
On radio, get live commentary of this match in English (Joy 99.7 FM, Luv 99.5 FM and/or Hitz 103.9 FM) or in Akan (Adom 106.3 FM, Nhyira 104.5 FM, and Asempa 94.7 FM).
You can also get all the above programs (radio and TV) streaming on the media section of this website.
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