Southgate rallies England ahead of Nations League decider
- Author: Stacy Allen Nov 18, 2018,
Nov 18, 2018, 2:15
The former Sevilla player made way for Nikola Vlasic on the 67th minute after seemingly pointing to his hamstring, an injury to which could lead to a lengthy lay off for Ivan Rakitic and pose as a threat to Barcelona.
Joe Gomez and Luke Shaw come back into contention on Sunday after missing Thursday's 3-0 friendly win against the United States through injury - a match when Southgate rotated with an eye on this captivating duel.
A tame first half was followed by a frantic second as Croatia were twice pegged back by a rampant Spain side, Dani Ceballos levelling after Andrej Kramaric's opener, before a Sergio Ramos penalty cancelled out Jedvaj's first global goal. "Certainly nobody had us down as finalists when the tournament started". Semi-finals will be played before the UEFA Nations League final.
"It was just a moment of complete madness for us".
Rakitic is now ruled out of England vs Croatia and will fly back to Barcelona instead. 'We play at Wembley, one of the most important stadiums in the world'.
Both teams are coming off impressive performances and there's plenty on the line here in a World Cup semifinal rematch.
Who do you think should replace the Croatian at Barcelona if he misses their matches? England can avoid relegation with a draw or three points.
"We also knew that Stones, after various years with Pep Guardiola, knew how to do that job very well". We've had a slight change of system, which has also had something different, so we have some flexibility in how we can play, so we're always improving. We learned a lot in both matches. "With a little bit of luck we got the second goal with a headed clearance that falls right to Mario Mandzukic".