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Croatia vs England Live stream: Team News, Live Stream, TV Info for World Cup 2018.England will contest their first FIFA World Cup semi-final for 28 years on Wednesday when they take on Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The Three Lions last had the chance of reaching a World Cup final in 1990 but lost out on penalties to Germany and had to make do with the third-place play-off.

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They beat Sweden 2-0 on Saturday, before Croatia advanced at the expense of hosts Russia on penalties.

The Vatreni will be hoping to go further than their side from 1998, who lost to hosts and eventual winners France in the semi-final.

Date: Wednesday, July 11

Time: 9 p.m. local/7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET

TV: ITV (UK), Fox (USA)

Live Stream: ITV Hub (UK), Fox Soccer 2GO (USA)    

Team News

According to Ollie Salt of the Daily Star, Jordan Henderson is a doubt for England, who otherwise have no injury or suspension concerns.

Per the Mirror‘s David McDonnell, Dejan Lovren and Danijel Subasic are doubts for Croatia, but full-back Sime Vrsaljko has been ruled out, according to Robert Cottingham of MailOnline.         

Preview

After making history with England’s first-ever penalty-shootout win at a World Cup against Colombia, the Three Lions did what many of their predecessors would have failed to do—get through a quarter-final against a team of Sweden’s calibre in relative comfort.

The Swedes had been quietly impressive throughout the tournament and looked set to nullify England’s attacking threat with their organisation and solidity, but Gareth Southgate’s side broke through their defences and held on to secure passage to the final four.

Football writer Karl Matchett was impressed:

All eyes will be on Raheem Sterling once again. The forward has come in for criticism on social media during the tournament and the same was the case against Sweden after some missed opportunities.

While there’s room for improvement in terms of his finishing and end product, the Manchester City star has still played an important role in England’s progression through the tournament, as former Three Lions striker Gary Lineker noted:

Behind him, England’s midfield will face their biggest test as they look to deal with star pairing Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, not to mention the likes of Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic.

As ESPN’s Michael Cox noted, Real Madrid playmaker Modric has had an exceptional tournament for Croatia:

A similarly masterful performance from the 32-year-old could spell the end of England’s World Cup hopes in what is set to be a difficult game for both sides.

Fatigue could be an issue for Croatia as the game wears on, given they have gone to extra time and penalties in both knockout games in Russia, although they also won both shootouts.

If it goes that far, they should have the advantage even after England defied history to win their shootout with Colombia.

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21st edition of world’s most watched sports event, FIFA World Cup 2018, takes place in the summer of 2018 in Russia. The tournament will be played from 14th June 2018 to 15th July 2018 and 32 teams from across the world will compete in the big tournament. FIFA has promised the most extensive coverage in history of the tournament with live coverage to be shown in 190 different territories across the world.

Watch FIFA World Cup 2018 Semifinal Matches: FIFA World Cup 2018 now reaches last 4 stage where two semifinal ties will be played on 10 and 11 July 2018. one match will be played each day, starting at 19:00 uk time. Below is the upcoming match schedule.

#2. England vs Croatia – Semifinal
Date: 11 July 2018 – Time: 20:00 CET / 19:00 uk time
Venue:  Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

FIFA has promised very extensive coverage details for the 2018 FIFA World Cup starting on 14th June. All major channels around the world cup are broadcasting the world cup while fifa continued their policy that participating countries local channels atleast show their own countries games live on free-to-air channels.

In the UK BBC and ITV will share the coverage and they are broadcasting the tournament live on TV and through their official website and apps. In the US, you need to subscribe to FoxSports as they have exclusive rights of World Cup in english. In Germany both ARD and ZDF are sharing world cup rights (both terrestrial channels)

England vs Croatia

England will be play Croatia in the second semifinal set to take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday night, 11 July 2018. England made it to the semifinal by beating Sweden in the quarterfinals and this will be their very first major tournament semifinal since 1990. Croatia on the other hand laboured to penalties win over hosts Russia and will play their second semifinal since 1998.
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England vs Croatia Preview: Croatia were one of the best teams in the group stages where the highlight of their campaign came against Argentina beating them 3-0 but in both knockout games so far they have looked overwhelmed and failed to perform what was expected of them, but somehow they managed to see off both Switzerland and Russia on penalties.

England on the other hand defeated Colombia in round of 16 game on penalties and they made easy work of Sweden in the quarterfinals. England vs Croatia game is evenly matched and it will be interesting to see how this English side cope with Croatia who just won’t give up no matter what.

The match will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium and it will be a night kickoff on Wednesday, 11 July 2018. We can expect huge number of English fans descending into Moscow and the atmosphere back home has been superb with England pretty much over achieving so far in the tournament.

Team News & Possible Starting Lineups: England performances in their recent two games have been underwhelming to say the least and Gareth Southgame must find a solution to have more control in central midfield. Dele Alli scored the second goal against Sweden but he has been poor but we can expect him to start. Roben Loftus-Cheek or Eric Dier might be given a chance in midfield considering Croatia’s midfield is their heart beat and Southgate must find a way to stop Croatia dominating from midfield.

This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Wednesday night.Croatia are likely to continue with their trusted 4-3-3 system where Badelj, Rakitic and Modric to pull the strings from midfield while Perisic, Rebic and Mandzukic playing in attacking roles.

Match Predictions: Croatia will be slightly favourite going into the match but this England side are no push overs. They made easy work of Sweden in the quarterfinals and pose a real threat going forward with unpredictable trio of Alli, Sterling and Lingard switching and swapping place all game. Hwoever, Croatia boost probably the best midfield in the world cup and thats where England have to be careful. Croatia did not play to their potential in first two knockout games and I think against England they will dominate the midfield and I see them beating England one way or the other and reaching their first ever World Cup final.

Croatia vs England

World Cup 2018: Croatia v England – all you need to know about the semi-final

World Cup semi-final: Croatia v England
Venue: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow Date: Wednesday, 11 July (19:00 BST)
Coverage: Full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, text commentary, report and highlights on BBC Sport app and online

The last time England were in a World Cup semi-final, Croatia were yet to gain independence. That happened a year later.

Now the two sides are preparing to meet in the last four of the tournament on Wednesday, with Croatia hoping to reach the final for the first time and England hoping to end a 52-year wait to return.

BBC Sport takes a look at what we know about the Croats and the threat they will pose.

When Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic took charge in 2017, he faced the dilemma of how best to fit Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic – two of the world’s best midfielders – into the same team effectively.

He has favoured a 4-2-3-1 formation in the main, with Modric in the number 10 role.

Although playing further forward than he does for Real Madrid means Modric is involved less in the build-up than he is for his club, his influence is still huge – witnessed by his goal-scoring performance in the 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stages.

Modric touched the ball 62 times and made only 42 passes in that match but in the quarter-final win against Russia he was deployed further back, and had 139 touches and made 102 passes.

That did however mean Rakitic was a less influential figure, but if the two dovetail on Wednesday, England are likely to be starved of the ball.

In addition to Modric and Rakitic, there is high-level experience throughout Croatia’s team, with many of the players at Europe’s elite clubs, including Liverpool, AC Milan, Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Monaco.

They have won nine Champions Leagues between them, compared to England’s one, and 11 of the 23-man squad have 40 caps or more.

Most of this team have been together for a decade, with key players such as Modric, Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic all making their debuts within a couple of years of each other in 2006 and 2007.

“What I adore about them the most is their commitment to the national jersey,” said Tomislav Dasovic of Vecernji List newspaper.

The feeling in Croatia is they are now at their peak as a team – and have never been happier as a group.

“They are good mates off the pitch, but most importantly they believe in the coach,” added Dasovic. “He knows how to speak to them, he knows their DNA.”

While England left Euro 2016 embarrassed by Iceland, Croatia departed wondering what might have been.

They lost a tight last-16 tie against Portugal by conceding the only goal of the game at the end of extra time in a match in which they had the majority of possession and had 17 shots to their opponents’ six.

Had they won, Poland and Wales would have stood between Croatia and a final against host nation France.

Their gutsy displays in this World Cup against Denmark and Russia – Modric missed a late penalty against the former and Croatia conceded a late equaliser against the latter but went on to win both games on penalties – speak of a side with a strong character which is determined to make the most of their opportunity this time.

Who will strike the latest blow?

This will be the eighth meeting between the two sides, with England winning four, Croatia twice and one draw.

They have only met in a major tournament once, at Euro 2004, when England’s then teenage striker Wayne Rooney scored twice.

Croatia got their revenge during Euro 2008 qualifying as they won 3-2 at Wembley as England failed to reach the finals in a match remembered for boss Steve McClaren sheltering from the rain under an umbrella.

Two years later, Theo Walcott’s only international hat-trick came against Croatia as England qualified for the 2010 World Cup.

In this World Cup, Croatia topped their group with a 100% winning record ahead of Argentina, but have scraped through knockout games against Denmark and the hosts via penalties.

“We have worked through difficult matches, some of them better than others,” said Dalic.

“We respect England, we are a bit anxious because they are a great team. But England are not better than us! We respect them – they are a young and promising team. They are a very difficult opponent.

“We are happy with what we have achieved so far. We are among the four best teams in the world. We have nothing but respect for England, Belgium and France, but none of these teams is better than us.”

I was at both of Croatia’s matches in the knockout stages, and they have got quality in all the most important positions in their team.

We know all about Modric and Rakitic in the heart of their midfield but they are also dangerous on the flanks and, at the back, Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida have been solid as well.

I don’t think there is any argument that Croatia are a step up in class to any other team England have played in Russia – ignoring the meaningless game against Belgium.

But they have had extra time and penalties in their last two matches and some of their players looked absolutely exhausted near the end of their win over Russia.

Striker Mandzukic was one of them, and I think he is a very interesting player. He often plays on the left of a front three for Juventus, but plays up front in a central role for Croatia.

Against Denmark and Russia he disappeared for long spells, and you would find him wandering around on the right side of midfield. I was thinking ‘what is he doing there?’

It has worked for Croatia so far of course, and they showed what they can do to a team that opens up against them when they destroyed Argentina in the group stage, but I think this is a game England can win.

And finally… history repeats itself

Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti described national team manager Zlatko Dalic as “the most popular man in the country” on Monday.

Dalic is a modest coach – quiet and keen to avoid words that might trip him up.

He was born in Bosnia but now has a Croatian passport.

In 1998 when Croatia also reached the last four of the World Cup they were coached by Miroslav Blazovic, who was also born in Bosnia. Croatia fans will hope this version can go one step further.

World Cup 2018

21st edition of world’s most watched sports event, FIFA World Cup 2018, takes place in the summer of 2018 in Russia. The tournament will be played from 14th June 2018 to 15th July 2018 and 32 teams from across the world will compete in the big tournament. FIFA has promised the most extensive coverage in history of the tournament with live coverage to be shown in 190 different territories across the world.

Watch FIFA World Cup 2018 Semifinal Matches: FIFA World Cup 2018 now reaches last 4 stage where two semifinal ties will be played on 10 and 11 July 2018. one match will be played each day, starting at 19:00 uk time. Below is the upcoming match schedule.

#2. England vs Croatia – Semifinal
Date: 11 July 2018 – Time: 20:00 CET / 19:00 uk time
Venue:  Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

FIFA has promised very extensive coverage details for the 2018 FIFA World Cup starting on 14th June. All major channels around the world cup are broadcasting the world cup while fifa continued their policy that participating countries local channels atleast show their own countries games live on free-to-air channels.

In the UK BBC and ITV will share the coverage and they are broadcasting the tournament live on TV and through their official website and apps. In the US, you need to subscribe to FoxSports as they have exclusive rights of World Cup in english. In Germany both ARD and ZDF are sharing world cup rights (both terrestrial channels)