England faces Croatia in World Cup semifinals today

England faces Croatia in World Cup semifinals today

The three Lions of England will today take on Croatia in the second World Cup semifinals and the winner will face France in the final due Sunday, 14th July.


England and Croatia have met seven times before, with the Three Lions winning four times, losing twice and sharing a draw.


The two nations drew their opening encounter 0-0 in 1996 before England won the next friendly 3-1 in 2003.


England then won their first competitive clash, a 4-2 victory at Euro 2004 in which Wayne Rooney scored two goals.


But Croatia got their own back over the Euro 2008 qualifiers, beating England 2-0 in Zagreb – with Paul Robinson’s infamous air kick a sore spot for England fans way back in October 2006.


Worse was to come as Croatia beat the Three Lions 3-2 at Wembley in November 2007 to ensure that England would not qualify for Euro 2008.


England gained some revenge as they crushed Croatia in their next two games, winning World Cup 2010 qualifying games in September 2008 (4-1) and September 2009 (5-1).

Predicted Line-ups


England XI: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Henderson, Dele Alli, Lingard, Young, Sterling, Kane

Croatia XI: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Modric, Rebic, Kramaric, Perisic, Mandzukic

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