Sport England vs Croatia: Combined XI

13:45  10 july  2018
13:45  10 july  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Iceland v Croatia: Match Preview

  Iceland v Croatia: Match Preview Iceland and Croatia are no strangers to playing against each other, just as they did in qualifying for the World Cup in Russia. Back then, both registered a win apiece in qualifying against each other with Iceland topping the group. However, in this tournament both have experienced contrasting fortunes. Croatia have won both of their games with style, swagger and air of confidence and look like a team that can go far in the tournament. Meanwhile, Iceland’s first campaign has been mixed. After such a high in their opening game, in which they claimed a historic draw against World Cup heavyweights and two-time winners Argentina, they were very poor against Nigeria were brought back down to Earth with defeat in their second game. Croatia’s fate is already sealed as they know that after this game, they will be in the knockout stages, but top spot is not secured as of yet and they know if they avoid defeat, they will finish as winners of Group D. If Nigeria beat Argentina and Iceland win, Iceland will know that qualifying is out of reach and they will be boarding the plane home. Croatia are expected to make a few changes but are unlikely to weaken their side too much as they still have to play for top spot in the group.

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On Wednesday night, England and Croatia will battle it out with both sides looking to book their place at the 2018 World Cup final.

England go into this game with a lot of confidence after beating Sweden 2-0 without any concerns. Their back five look very comfortable and with Jordan Henderson is pulling the strings in midfield, they’ll be looking for their with the fast and tricky attack to cause weak Croatian defence some problems.

Croatia go into the game after beating both Denmark and Russia in consecutive penalty shootouts. After a very impressive group stage, they haven’t taken the knockout rounds by storm as many expected. They have really limped over the line, but have shown they can take games to the wire and have very good penalty takers when needed.

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  Neville names three England players that worried him 'Can they step up? The pressure of a World Cup, can they handle it?' Oh yes they can, Gary Neville.The former England full-back and pundit has been generous with his praise of John Stones and Raheem Sterling this week, but it is another trio who have answered all his questions in this tournament.

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Ahead of the game, we’ve pooled together the players from both squads and selected a best XI that they would be able to offer. Here’s who made the cut:

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