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European Championship Gameweek 1
Jun 13, 2021 KO: 13:00

England - Croatia

Wembley Stadium London
Referee: Daniele Orsato
Sterling 57'  

Match preview

Rashford, Maguire and Henderson to miss out - How England will line up against Croatia

England manager Gareth Southgate will have to compensate for a number of experienced players not being fit enough for his side's opening game of Euro 2020

Gareth Southgate will be hoping to kick off England’s Euro 2020 campaign with a convincing win and all three points against Croatia on Sunday afternoon.

The England manager will undoubtedly enjoy a wealth of options and talent within his squad but it will be down to him to ensure that he can pick the right team and tactics to unlock an opponent that may not be at the same heights as the 2018 World Cup but will still undoubtedly have a threat about them.

Perhaps the biggest issue for Southgate going into the game will be how he sets up his defensive line.

Jordan Pickford will undoubtedly start between the posts, but the England manager has been shifting between a back three and a back four for the past few weeks and has yet to settle on one.

With Harry Maguire almost certain to miss the game through injury, we should see Luke Shaw start on the left and Kieran Trippier on the right of a back four, with John Stones partnered by Ben White in the middle of defence.

A similar fitness problem awaits Southgate in the middle of the pitch, with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson still not fit to start the opening game of the tournament. In his stead we’re likely to see Declan Rice partner Kalvin Phullips to offer the kind of stability in the middle of the pitch that England will desperately need.

Southgate has a number of superb options in attack but may have to shuffle the pack and make some unorthodox decisions with injuries and fitness remaining an issue. Despite having more experienced players in his squad, we should see a start on the left wing for Jack Grealish, alongside Mason Mount in the No.10 position. Despite his poor run of form for Manchester City, Raheem Sterling is likely to remain a starter under Southgate.

Perhaps the only position that won’t give Southgate any headaches is up front, where Harry Kane will undoubtedly start and lead the line in typical fashion.

England starting XI versus Croatia

England - Football tactics and formations

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  Average Match Rating  
7.9
  Home  
7.0
7.2
  Away  
6.2
7.6
  Total  
6.7

Match statistics

England
Statistics
Croatia
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
16
8
Draws
1
4
Losses
3
8
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
51
34
Goals Per Game
2.55
1.70
More > 2.5 Goals
12
14
More > 3 Goals
7
6
Scored First in a Match
14
10
Scored Both Halves
11
8
Won More > 1 Goal
10
4
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
10
29
Did Not Score
4
2
Both Teams Scored
4
14
Kept Clean Sheet
14
4
Won Without Conceding
13
4
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
839
760
Possession
63
59
Passes
673
573
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
15
14
Shots on Target
6.63
5.21
Goals out of Shots
0.17
0.14
Crosses
18
22
Offsides
2.36
2.00
Penalties
0.40
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.70
0.20
Tackles Won
6.19
9.86
Clearances
11
12
Interceptions
9.94
10
Own Goals
0.00
0.05
Aerials Won
16
17
Total Shots Conceded
7.13
9.57
Shots on Target Conceded
2.85
4.21
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.07
0.13
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
11
12
Yellow Cards
1.00
2.00
Red Cards
0.05
0.00

Injuries

  1. Ankle/Foot Injury image description