FIFA World Cup 2018: Semi-final: England vs Croatia – Match Preview

Saif Ahmed Chowdhury / 11 July 2018
England vs Croatia

The winner of the game will face France in the final of the World Cup.

England and Croatia are just one step away to reach the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Both the teams have surprised many fans around the world, as they reached the penultimate round of the tournament.

The winner of the game will face France in the final of the World Cup in Moscow on Sunday (July 15th).

England have a young team and was not expected to travel so far in this tournament, whereas, Croatia was considered as the dark horses in Russia. They have already done more than they were anticipated to do.

England will be looking to qualify for their first World Cup final since 1966. Meanwhile, Croatia will be playing in their maiden final if they found a way to get past through the Three Lions on Wednesday night.

PLAYERS TO LOOK OUR FOR:

ENGLAND: HARRY KANE

Harry Kane

England captain Harry Kane is leading the Golden Boot race. He remains the most vital part of England’s attack even after drawing a blank in his section of goals in the past two matches. He is at the apex on the list of goals scorers in this tournament.

Kane has been smashing goals and will be looking to score in the all-important game to take his side to the finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

CROATIA: LUKA MODRIC

Luka Modric is the catalyst for his side, and his performance will be a crucial factor in deciding whether Croatia advances to the final or not. He has scored two goals in this World Cup.

His performance against Russia in the second half was sublime where he looked to carry his side all by himself. A lot depends on the midfield maestro in the all-important clash.

VENUE AND TIME:

England and Croatia will lock horns at the Luzhniki Stadium. The action will begin at 11:30 PM IST.

WHERE TO WATCH:

The Indian fans will enjoy extensive coverage of the game. SONY TEN 2 SD and HD channels will telecast the match.

SONY TEN 3 SD will air the Hindi feed. Bengali and Malayali feed will be available on SONY ESPN SD channel.

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS:

England XI: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Henderson, Dele Alli, Lingard, Young, Sterling, Kane

Croatia XISubasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Modric, Rebic, Kramaric, Perisic, Mandzukic