England may have reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup but that certainly doesn’t reflect on their performances over the past few months. Indeed Gareth Southgate’s men have won just two of their last seven matches in ninety minutes and with four defeats during that time, we’re far from confident that they have what it takes to get the better of World Cup finalists Croatia in the UEFA Nations League tonight. OK so the Three Lions did battle hard to earn their place in the last four of the World Cup but they are clearly not in the top-level of the European game by any means and they desperately need to up their game if they are to be taken seriously in international competition.
Their UEFA Nations League campaign certainly didn’t get off to a great start with a 2-1 defeat to Spain at Wembley Stadium and while Southgate’s men were somewhat unlucky not to have collected a share of the spoils with a late equaliser been chalked off, the Spaniards thoroughly deserved their victory. A subsequent unconvincing 1-0 win over Switzerland brought England’s three-match losing run to a halt although the Croats are certain to provide much tougher opposition in tonight’s meeting and we’re not too confident that a young Three Lions side have what it takes to grab a much-needed win on their travels, the bookmakers giving away free bets on Croatia v England.
Croatia destroyed England’s World Cup dreams during the summer and that meeting certainly won’t have been forgotten ahead of tonight’s encounter, however the World Cup finalists were well and truly humbled when they lost 6-0 to Spain in their opening UEFA Nations League match and they will clearly be looking to respond positively to this disappointing result.
Gareth Southgate’s squad selection has raised plenty of eyebrows although some of the key players which played a part in England’s World Cup campaign will be present and the Three Lions boss will be confident that they can contribute to an England win this evening. Indeed Croatia have been less than impressive in their last two outings but we wouldn’t be surprised were they to hold England to a share of the spoils in Rijeka and that’s exactly what we’ll be siding with, William Hill Bookmakers going 11/5 on a draw.