England will feature the World Cup semi-final for the first time in 28 years following a comfortable 2-0 victory over Sweden on Saturday afternoon. They will take on the likes of Croatia four days later in Moscow as the European hopefuls are set to table each other for the final.
On paper, Croatia may look vulnerable at the back with Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida in the heart of the defensive line, but this duo has already proven quality by stopping both Lionel Messi (in the group) and Christian Eriksen (in the last 16 round).
Coach Dalic also has huge issues with his players’ fitness as both Danijel Subasic and Ivan Strinic suffered injuries in the extra-time of the quarter-final against Russia.
Southgate made no changes to the side that went past Colombia in the last 16 round.
Jordan Henderson could give his place in the starting line-up to Eric Dier this time out as Liverpool’s defensive midfielder had to be subbed due to a muscle groin in the second-half of the clash with Sweden.
Croatia likely starting XI
Subasic – Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Pivaric – Brozovic – Rebic, Modric, Rakitic, Perisic – Mandzukic.
England likely starting XI
Pickford – Walker, Stones, Maguire – Dier – Trippier, Lingard, Alli, Young – Sterling, Kane.
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