Sport England vs Croatia: Combined XI

13:45  10 july  2018
13:45  10 july  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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On Wednesday night, England and Croatia will battle it out with both sides looking to book their place at the 2018 World Cup final.

England go into this game with a lot of confidence after beating Sweden 2-0 without any concerns. Their back five look very comfortable and with Jordan Henderson is pulling the strings in midfield, they’ll be looking for their with the fast and tricky attack to cause weak Croatian defence some problems.

Croatia go into the game after beating both Denmark and Russia in consecutive penalty shootouts. After a very impressive group stage, they haven’t taken the knockout rounds by storm as many expected. They have really limped over the line, but have shown they can take games to the wire and have very good penalty takers when needed.

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Ahead of the game, we’ve pooled together the players from both squads and selected a best XI that they would be able to offer. Here’s who made the cut:

Arsenal and Spurs want World Cup forward - but he's holding out for Bayern .
Arsenal have joined Tottenham and Manchester United in expressing an interest in Ante Rebic, but the Croatian is hoping to join Bayern this summer. As per a report from Sport Bild, interest is mounting in the player, but new Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac is ready to move for the forward. It is believed that any deal for Rebic would cost around €50 million but it is yet to be seen how willing Bayern would be to pay that. Rebic impressed at Frankfurt last season under Kovac and has also gone on to star at the World Cup for Croatia in Russia. The two also worked together during Kovac’s time in charge of the Croatian national team. Rebic scored a brilliantly-taken volley to help Croatia ease past Argentina in the group stages. They face England in the semi-finals on Wednesday night as they battle it out for a place in the final.

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