Croatia vs. England preview, time, how to watch

Kristopher Nichols
July 11, 2018

Alli will be part of the England side heading to Saint Petersburg on Wednesday for their crucial World Cup semi-final clash against Croatia.

Gareth Southgate has warned that England's semi-final against Croatia will be his side's toughest test at the World Cup so far.

Alli scored his first World Cup goal as England cruised into the last four with a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday. "The higher the level of opponent, if you press in a disorganised fashion, then you will get picked through and we have got to be conscious of that".

England is also one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you need to respect that.

Fatigue could be an issue for Croatia as the game wears on, given they have gone to extra time and penalties in both knockout games in Russian Federation, although they also won both shootouts. "And we have a great opportunity now to get to a World Cup final".

"That's exactly what I asked our fitness coach as well", said Southgate in Moscow.

The contribution of Raheem Sterling remains a polarising debate in England with the Manchester City forward without a goal for his country since October, 2015 but Southgate says his contribution in Russian Federation has been essential. Their first encounter, in 1996, ended in a goalless draw.

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Jordan Henderson hopes to be fit to play in England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday.

Last October, Lovren was taken off by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp just 31 minutes into a game against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, when Kane scored twice in a 4-1 win for his side.

Lovren has been a defensive rock for Croatia at this tournament, however, and with his partner Domagoj Vida will be confident of shackling Kane and preventing him from adding to his tally of six goals at the tournament. I felt something odd in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off.

But the England boss is well aware of the threat that Croatia pose in the centre of the field. The center-back will be key to limiting England's threat from set pieces and will be a useful weapon in the opposition box, too.

Juventus striker Mandzukic is Croatia's main goal threat and although he has only scored once in Russian Federation, his game is about a lot more than just finding the net. You will highlight certain players and positions they're likely to take.

As reported by ESPN FC on Monday, the inflatable unicorn races in the swimming pool at England's Repino base, as well as the Fortnite competitions, darts and 10-pin bowling, have turned this World Cup campaign into what Ashley Young described as a "holiday".

In the latest in a series of controversies, former global Ognjen Vukojevic was kicked out of their delegation on Monday and fined by Federation Internationale de Football Association for posting a pro-Ukraine video clip following their penalty shootout victory over Russia on Saturday.

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