The Three Lions had their 2018 World Cup dream shattered in the semi-finals against the same opposition, and must put those memories to one side in order to get off the mark with a win at this delayed European Championship.
Gareth Southgate’s team is full of attacking potential and are among the favourites - and with the final on July 11 to be held at Wembley, England know a strong start could be key to making that date with destiny.
Date, kick-off time and venue
England vs Croatia is scheduled for an 2pm BST kick-off on Sunday, June 13, 2021.
Today’s match will be held at Wembley Stadium, which will have a maximum capacity of 25 per cent.
Where to watch England vs Croatia
TV channel: The match will be televised on BBC One for free.
Live stream: UK viewers will be able to watch the match online via the BBC iPlayer.
England vs Croatia team news
Kieran Trippier surprisingly started at left-back, with Luke Shaw on the bench and Ben Chilwell conspicuously absent from the matchday squad.
Jadon Sancho and Harry Maguire also were not in the 23, with John Stones and Tyrone Mings at the heart of defence with Kyle Walker on the right.
Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice started at the base of a midfield that saw Mason Mount play in a more advanced role, with Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden playing either side of captain Harry Kane.
Jordan Pickford started between the posts against a Croatia side captained by Luka Modric.
England vs Croatia starting lineups
England XI: Pickford; Walker, Mings, Stones, Trippier; Phillips, Rice; Foden, Mount, Sterling; Kane
Croatia XI: Livakovic; Vrsaljko, Caleta-Car, Vida, Gvardiol; Brozovic; Kramaric, Modric, Kovacic, Perisic; Rebic
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford
Defenders: Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ben White
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice
Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling
Goalkeepers: Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic, Simon Sluga
Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Borna Barisic, Duje Caleta-Car, Josip Juranovic, Domagoj Bradaric, Mile Skoric, Josko Gvardiol
Midfielders: Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic, Milan Badelj, Mario Pasalic, Nikola Vlasic, Luka Ivanusec
Forwards: Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, Ante Rebic, Josip Brekalo, Bruno Petkovic, Mislav Orsic, Ante Budimir
England vs Croatia prediction
England have not been at their best in their two warm-up games against Austria and Romania, but did enough to get two wins.
Southgate will have a number of key players available for selection though, but it remains to be seen whether the team will have real cohesion yet.
Croatia had England’s number in the World Cup semi-final three years ago, but the Three Lions should have enough - especially on home soil - to pick up three valuable points.
England 2-1 Croatia
Head to head (h2h) history and results
England wins: 5
Croatia wins: 3
Betting odds and tips
England to win: 7/10
Croatia to win: 21/5
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