Sport Petkovic says Croatia v England will be less open than 2018 clash
Will England avenge their 2018 World Cup defeat to Croatia?
Sportsmail's esteemed line-up of pundits - Peter Crouch, Chris Sutton, Jamie Redknapp and Steph Houghton have had their say on how they thinking England's opener will go.Can the Three Lions get revenge for their heartbreaking World Cup semi-final defeat in 2018 or will they buckle under the pressure in front of a home crowd?
Croatia striker Bruno Petkovic believes they have been paid more respect by England after being underestimated at the World Cup.
The fallout of 2018's semi-final was dominated by claims of English arrogance and the pair lock horns again in the Group D opener on Sunday.
Petkovic, expected to lead the line for Zlatko Dalic's side at Wembley, suggested England attempted to play too expansively in previous meetings.
'If you compare this week to Russia — when I was a fan, not in the national team — there may have been a lot more pompous news ahead of that match,' said the 26-year-old.
Will Croatia go on a fairytale run or an early exit at Euro 2020?
JACK GAUGHAN: Croatia are always at their best when railing against a common foe. It just so happens that appears to be those watching back home this time against England on Sunday.Some see no reason why a fairytale run to the last World Cup final should not be repeated, while others fear an early exit.
'Now we know they're an excellent team and they know the same about us. They are aware of our strengths. I don't believe they'll underestimate us or that they will play too openly.'
Gareth Southgate has a defensive headache, with Harry Maguire set to miss out through injury and Luke Shaw trialled as a centre half in training should England go with a back three.
Petkovic, sporting a black eye after a ball hit him flush in the face during a 1-0 friendly defeat by Belgium, could face just one recognised central defender in John Stones.
'We're aware of the squad England has, we know each one of those (first-choice) players have players from the best leagues in the world who can take their place,' Petkovic added.
Sportsmail's experts pick their England starting XI to face Croatia
England manager Gareth Southgate raised eyebrows when he said he knew his starting XI for the Croatia clash on Sunday 'except maybe one'. So, Sportsmail's experts picked their own teams.That 'one' is expected to be in attack, though there are question marks surrounding the line-up all over the pitch.
'I don't have an idea about how they might play. We're analysing them and their advantages and disadvantages. We're confident and know what we can do.'
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Amid all the doom and amid all the gloom, England won a football match with loads of players missing.All of the brilliant bloody players on their way