Croatia's Ivan Rakitic to miss England showdown because of injury

Spain could have secured first place in its last Nations League match but fell 3-2 to England, with Raheem Sterling scoring two goals for the Three Lions in the win.

Both teams are coming off impressive performances and there's plenty on the line here in a World Cup semifinal rematch.

Spain coach Luis Enrique said football had been unfair to his side after Thursday's dramatic 3-2 defeat in Croatia left them in danger of failing to reach the UEFA Nations League finals.

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.

But Jedvaj's late victor now means victory at Wembley over England, who they beat 2-1 in the World Cup semifinals, would put them in the final phase.


If the game is drawn, Spain will win the group - with Croatia relegated if it's goalless and England going down if both sides score.

"A lot of people said we wouldn't be able to take another extra-time but we played our best extra-time of the tournament".

Once back in Catalonia, he'll undergo tests to determine the extent of the injury. At Barca there are plays that are rehearsed and trained and I could see that England also had those plays very well-worked. If we play our best like we did against Spain I think we can win the match'. "I don't know which player it was who said that we lacked respect because we did not shake hands at the end, but you have to understand this is a moment when we have got Croatia into a World Cup final".

What time does England vs Croatia kick-off? "I'm happy with how we played even though there are things to improve". That's why there was a little bit of a comedown.


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