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


The winners of each of the four groups in League A advance to the final four of the competition.

Croatia: The World Cup finalists are in an interesting situation where they can catapult from worst to first in the group with a win at Wembley - despite entering Sunday with a negative-five goal differential.

"My respect for them is enormous and it is not a coincidence that they have since been capable of going on and beaten Spain in Spain", the Barcelona midfielder told the Daily Mail.

"He will go to Barcelona, it's a serious injury".

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Youngsters Josip Brekalo and Nikola Vlasic are also in the squad as Dalic looks to refresh the squad following retirements for Mario Mandzukic, Danijel Subasic and Vedran Corluka. "The group was very hard, with two of the best national teams in the world".

This has certainly been a year to cherish for England, who reached the World Cup semi-finals for just the third time and are reaping the rewards of Southgate's trust in youth.

"It is unprecedented that you come off the back of a major tournament and have so many strong tests in such a short period. You felt like you wanted to go to all the continents of the world and hug another Croatian".

Croatia had taken one point from their previous two Nations League games after appearing to suffer a hangover from reaching the this year's World Cup final. "I'm happy with how we played even though there are things to improve". "We knew that Stones was their most important player in terms of playing out. I can see areas we need to improve in, but I think today's result is completely unfair". We learned a lot in both matches. At Barca there are plays that are rehearsed and trained and I could see that England also had those plays very well-worked. That's why there was a little bit of a comedown.