Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Croatia vs. England - Football Match Preview

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Shannon Reynolds | 10 July, 2018, 17:29

Stones, and his defensive partners Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker, will need to be on their toes for the whole game against Croatia's lone striker, particularly when the ball flies into the area from a set piece.

Alli will surely start again for Gareth Southgate's side, and he will be part of a midfield attempting to stop Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic and Real Madrid's Luka Modric from running riot.

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Just one match separates England from their first World Cup final since 1966 and Croatia from their maiden appearance in the summit clash of the mega event as the two sides set to lock horns in the mouth-watering semi-final clash at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.

But he is certainly well aware of the threat that Croatia pose in the centre of the field.

While Croatian players, who have been asked constantly about the generation of 1998 and never fail to express their admiration for the likes of Zvonimir Boban and Davor Suker, those comparisons are a weight they feel is unneeded.

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"We'd been spending a lot of time on set pieces, right down to the details, all the runs and the blocks", said midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The Spurs ace scored his first goal of the competition on Saturday afternoon as he headed home Jesse Lingard's cross to seal a 2-0 win against Sweden, and fans will be hoping that it sparks improved performances after a disappointing tournament to date.

Gareth Southgate's side's potency from set-pieces was certainly on the minds of Croatia after they were forced into penalties by Russian Federation.

"What they did was impressive but we want to keep writing our own history and enjoy what we are doing which is very positive", he added.

"We experienced the extra time and penalties (against Colombia) and we know the physical and emotional effect of that", he said. Victory would see them return to the same venue to face either France or Belgium in the final.

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