World Cup 2018: England Vs Croatia, Who Will Join France In The Final
France is in the Final of the 2018 World Cup and will wait who they will join them tonight in the other semifinal. The other semifinal sees England face Croatia in Moscow.
For both teams, it’s an emotional night. Croatia with their ‘golden generation’ of players have disappoint in past tournaments unable to make it through to the knockout stages in past tournament but now they have achieved the promise and are now in their first semifinal since their famous run in 1998 when they reached the semis in their first appearance as an independent nation.
For England, they have the likes of Wayne Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand and John Terry but only made it to the quarterfinals in 2006 and had experienced failure from penalty shootouts, decisions going against them, and the high expectations on them. Now, they are in the first semifinal since 1990.
Croatia topped their group with nine points and made it past Denmark in the Round of 16 and Russia in the quarterfinals. England, however, finished second with six points. They beat Colombia in the Round of 16 from a penalty shootout and beat Sweden in the quarterfinals.
Harry Kane and Luka Modric have been the talisman from their teams with Kane scoring six goals, the most in the tournament and Modric being one of the best midfielders of the tournament.
In terms of teams, Croatia has the better team with a better midfield in Modric and Rakitic but England has more youth in their squad as they are younger than their Croatian counterparts and Croatia has played over 120 minutes in their last two games, leaving them exhausted.
England has had some injury scares with Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane but they are more likely to start being key players for England. Their coach Gareth Southgate, could make changes to counter Croatia’s midfield with Eric Dier likely to start to protect the English defence who have kept just one clean sheet.
The last competitive game between these two team was a Euro 2008 qualifier in Wembley with Croatia winning 3-2 as England didn’t qualify for the tournament.
Both teams were not favourites to make it to this stage before the tournament and have exceeded expectations and now have a bigger reward ahead of them.
France will be waiting for the victor.