Croatia vs England: Where the game will be won and lost

The Three Lions are hopeful of sweeping Croatia aside and reaching their first World Cup final since 1966.

oliver stein by Oli Stein

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Both Croatia and England find themselves in unfamiliar territory, with England’s last semi-final appearance coming 28 years ago at Italia 90, whilst Croatia finished third in 1998.

However, Gareth Southgate’s mantra of ‘one game at a time’ has seemingly taken the pressure off his Lions – or ensured that the only pressure on them is positive – and nothing will change ahead of their chance to reach their first final since 1966.

Whilst Croatia are a strong in a collective sense, it’s a case of England exploiting flaws in their system and taking advantage of individual superiority in certain positions.

Here, we preview Wednesday’s semi-final and highlight where the game can be won and lost.


Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_