England vs Croatia Match Preview and Prediction

Time: Sunday, June 13, 2021 16:00

On Sunday, 13 June England and Croatia kickoff the match at 16:00 hrs at the Wembley stadium that will also host the finals off the 2020 Euro tournament. UEFA and World Health Organization officials agreed to allow 50% of fans inside the London stadium in both semi and final matches. Group C matches will see Austria take on North Macedonia at 19:00 (Stadio National, Bucharest) and Netherlands vs Ukraine at 22:00 (Johan cruijff Arena).

England

The host nation is looking forward to win the first Group D match against Croatia at Wembley with Harry Kane in top form after lifting the golden boot in the Premier League. England have never lost a home match at Wembley Stadium in a major tournament since 1996 and have won 7 times with only 4 draws. This is the third meeting between the two sides in a major championship tournament. Their 10th Euro 2020 championship and is the only team to have played all matches and failed to reach the finals. Head coach Gareth Southgate has been chosen to lead the Three Lions in their second major tournament after the World Cup. It’s important to note that England have never won in any of their Euro championship tournaments drawing 5 and losing 4. England scored an average of 4.6 goals in qualifiers (37 goals in 8 games).

England Euro 20 Squad

GoalkeepersDean Henderson, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford

DefendersBen Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ben White

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice

ForwardsDominic Calvert-Lewin, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool RB) will miss out  the Euro 2020 after pulling-out of the England squad due to thigh injury.

Team form: WWWWW

Injured/doubtful players: Bukayo Saka (RF) and Harry Maguire (CB) 40 appearance for England  and 4 goals.

Croatia

Zlatko Dalic is the only head coach to have led Croatia in two major tournaments after Miroslav in Euro 96 and World cup 98. Ivan Perisic is the player to watch having scored more goals than any other Croatia player in major tournament (7 goals) and 4. Croatia is taking part in the sixth major tournament and have lost in their last four major matches (Spain Euro 2012 group stage, Portugal Euro 2016, last 16 and France World Cup Russia 2018 final).

Croatia Euro 2020 Squad

Goalkeepers: Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic, Simon Sluga

Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Borna Barisic, Duje Caleta-Car, Josip Juranovic, Domagoj Bradaric, Mile Skoric, Josko Gvardiol

Midfielders: Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic, Milan Badelj, Mario Pasalic, Nikola Vlasic, Luka Ivanusec

Forwards: Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, Ante Rebic, Josip Brekalo, Bruno Petkovic, Mislav Orsic, Ante Budimir.

Team form: LDWWL

Injured/doubtful players: no injuries reported.

England vs Croatia Head-to-head

England 1 win, 1 draw, Croatia 1 win.

Prediction:

Draw: 3.70

BTTS yes: 2.21

Correct score (1-1): 7.60