World Cup 2018: Croatia vs England: Team news, injuries, possible lineups

By | July 11, 2018

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England will on Wednesday night clash with Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final fixtures at the Luzhniki Stadium in Russia.

The Three Lions head into the game following a 2-0 victory over Sweden in the quarter-final encounter played last weekend.

Today’s match will be the eighth meeting between these two sides, with England winning four and losing two of the previous seven against the Croats.

England head coach, Gareth Southgate should have a fully fit squad to choose from for Wednesday’s match after all 23 players took part in their final training session on Tuesday morning.

Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson had been a doubt with a tight hamstring, but he is expected to be fit to play, while Tottenham striker, Harry Kane is expected to lead the attack line for England and will be supported by Man City’s Raheem Sterling.

Leicester City striker, Jamie Vardy is back and available for selection after missing the quarter-final win over Sweden with a groin problem, but he is likely to be left on the bench once again.

There were also minor doubts over the fitness of Dele Alli and Pickford, but both are also expected to feature with Southgate likely to name an unchanged side.

Meanwhile, Croatia head into the game after beating hosts nation, Russia 4-3 on penalties last week Saturday.

Croatia manager, Zlatko Dalic will be without first-choice right-back, Sime Vrsaljko, who has been ruled out from the clash due to a knee injury he sustained during the quarter-final win over Russia.

Vrsaljko’s absence could see Domagoj Vida moved out to right-back and former Tottenham defender, Vedran Corluka drafted in alongside Liverpool defender, Dejan Lovren at the heart of the defence.

Goalkeeper, Danijel Subasic, who picked up a hamstring injury against Russia but went on to finish the match may likely start for the Vatreni.

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Croatia’s potential starting XI: Subasic; Vida, Lovren, Corluka, Strinic; Rakitic, Brozovic, Rebic, Modric, Perisic; Mandzukic

England’s potential starting XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Henderson; Trippier, Lingard, Alli, Young; Sterling, Kane

The kick-off time for the match is 7 pm.

I read it on Dailypost at http://dailypost.ng/2018/07/11/world-cup-2018-croatia-vs-england-team-news-injuries-possible-lineups/

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