England VS Croatia, Kick Off Time: 11:30 pm (IST)
England and Croatia were the two most unlikely semi-finalists heading into the competition but now face each other for a place at the World Cup Final on Sunday. There are no outright favorites in this match as both teams look equally well-balanced on paper. Croatia certainly has the talent that can take them to the final, however, their major concern will be the stamina and fitness of the team after being forced into extra time and penalties in their previous two games. England on the other hand, come into the game on the back of a comfortable 2 – 0 victory against the Swedes and after their solid performances, the English fans might just have started believing that they could go all the way.
🗣 Rio Ferdinand: "Club rivalries? It killed that England golden generation."
🏴 This World Cup squad: pic.twitter.com/WF1bJfezrx
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England: England have no injury concerns. Henderson was a concern but he was seen training with the lads on Monday and is said to be fit to play. He will play a huge role in the English as he will have the responsibility of keeping Croatia’s main man Luka Modric in check. Southgate will most likely stick with the same squad that has been successful this world cup and might not take a risk by tinkering it.
I love England and I love the World Cup… 🏴❤️️
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Croatia: Croatia have two major injury scares. One in the form of their goalkeeper Subasic who looked like he had hurt his hamstring on Saturday.
Defender Sime Vrsaljko is also a doubt after suffering a knee injury during extra-time in the quarter-final tie and is expected to be replaced by Tim Jedvaj at right-back.
WATCH: Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic is confident his defenders are good enough to handle Harry Kane in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final. pic.twitter.com/vz5jGZ87zp
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England: W | W | L | W | W
Croatia: W | W | W | W | W
Prediction: England 2 Croatia 1 – The English have been so impressive at this World cup with their slick passing and excellent ball movement. They have shown that the team is capable of producing the goals even if Harry Kane doesn’t fire. Another impressive feature of the English have been their discipline at the back and their composure while defending set pieces. The Croats do have a goal in them with likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic but I don’t think they will be able to outscore the English with the attacking prowess they possess and their threat during set pieces.
Where to watch?
TV Channels (India) – Sony TEN 2, 3 & Sony ESPN – 11:30 P.M IST
In addition, you can live stream all the Matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup from 14th June to 15th July only on the Official SonyLIV App and the SonyLIV Website.