In the last round, table 4 was the most open in League A, UEFA League of Nations. All three teams in the table now have the chance to finish the game and win tickets to go further. Spain is currently the highest, but played in all competitions. Meanwhile, England and Croatia are chasing. England's confrontation with Croatia ended in failure, Spain will lose the throne.
90 minutes between England and Croatia is really an important battle. The winner has everything from the beginning to the ticket and even the position in European football. The losers will face the bitter end, falling to group B in the next tournament. The overwhelming factor in this game promises that the ball will become fierce and dramatic.
Compared to the World Cup meeting in 2018, the two current teams are different than before. On the Croatian side, many pillars that helped the squad have reached the final in Russia in the summer, not yet with their teammates. Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, center defender Vedran Corluka and striker Mario Mandzukic announced farewell to the national team. Their retreat leaves a huge gap. Currently, Croatia does not have a good substitute for Subasica and Mandzukica.
Zlatko Dalic has been fighting for the last few months, but has not yet filled the gap. Croatia is not sure at the moment, it works without any problems, like at the 2018 World Cup. As the team of coach Dalica proves, eight goals were lost. They are the second-most-crowded team in the UEFA A-League of Nations, behind Iceland, which has lost 13 goals.
While Croatia is weak, England has positive changes. At the end of the 2018 World Cup, Gareth Southgate trainer continues experiments with new tactical and tactical elements. These changes are increasingly showing results.
The most memorable moment for Southgate since the World Cup in 2018 is the transition from 3-4-2-1 to 4-3-3. Thanks to this new map, England won 60% of the match. In particular, the defensive game is definitely better, with only 0.8 goals per match. In addition, Southgate has successfully tested many new factors, such as Ben Chilwell, Callum Willson … This manager also revived the shooting instinct at Marcus Rashford.
In terms of form, England is now better than Croatia. It also has a solid frame, in contrast to a situation that has not found a solution for pillars in the Balkans.
In addition, playing Wembley is a great advantage for England. In the last two years they have been unbeaten in 94% of games played on the site. It is more likely that the tradition of playing at Wembley will continue to be promoted by The Three Lions this fall to help the winners of Southgate win Croatia and rise to lead.