England tackle Croatia at Wembley Stadium on Sunday as each side kickstart their Euro 2020 campaigns.
For Gareth Southgate and his gamers, it is a probability to avenge their 2018 World Cup semi-final defeat and make an announcement in Group D, which is rounded out by Scotland and Czech Republic.
There was intense debate over who Southgate will – or ought to – begin on this sport, which might set the tone for the Three Lions’ event this summer time.
England may have dwelling benefit at Wembley right here and of their remaining group matches, in addition to the semi-final and closing – ought to they make it that far…
However now will not be the time to look previous the primary spherical. As an alternative, right here’s every part you’ll want to learn about England vs Croatia:
When is it?
The match will kick off at 2pm on Sunday 13 June.
How can I watch it?
The sport will air stay on BBC One in Britain.
What’s the staff information?
Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire has lastly joined coaching however is not anticipated to be match for any of England’s group video games, whereas Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson sustained a severe damage in February however returned for 45 minutes in a pleasant in opposition to Romania final week.
His membership team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold was compelled to withdraw from Southgate’s squad attributable to an damage picked up by the right-back within the earlier pleasant in opposition to Austria, whereas Man United ahead Mason Greenwood pulled out of the provisional squad earlier than that – additionally attributable to damage.
Southgate’s beginning line-up has been the topic of nice debate and intense hypothesis, with it unclear whether or not he is aware of his finest XI and even his finest formation, regardless of his strategies in any other case. 4 on the again? Three on the again? Both method, Brighton centre-back Ben White – drafted in after Alexander-Arnold’s withdrawal – might begin attributable to his spectacular showings within the warm-up video games final week.
The one gamers who appear sure to start out, nonetheless, are midfielders Declan Rice and Mason Mount, and striker and captain Harry Kane. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and defender John Stones are most likely the following names on the teamsheet, however who actually is aware of? Followers are determined to seeJack Grealish begin in midfield, and/or the equally thrilling Phil Foden.
England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, White, Chilwell; Rice, Phillips, Mount; Grealish, Kane, Sancho.
Croatia: Livakovic; Barisic, Lovren, Vida, Vrsaljko; Kovacic, Modric, Brozovic; Perisic, Petkovic, Rebic.
England – 4/6
Draw – 27/10
Croatia – 9/2
Croatia have a proficient squad however they could have peaked in 2018 with their run to the World Cup closing. England took the lead in opposition to them within the semi-finals solely to lose 2-1 in extra-time. Right here, I’m predicting England to indicate actual indicators of their artistic capabilities in taking a 2-0 lead, earlier than letting Croatia again in with a defensive error – summing up the squad’s strengths and weaknesses. In the end, nonetheless, the Three Lions will see out the sport… proper? England 2-1 Croatia.