Rakitic ruled out of Croatia's crucial clash with England at Wembley


"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.

"We have the solutions and we go to Wembley to enjoy the football".

"There's no point in hedging our bets that we might do this, we might do that, or we need a 0-0".

A full house will greet the sides for the Group A4 finale, when England have the chance to exact revenge for the extra-time 2-1 defeat to Croatia in July's World Cup semi-final.

A tame first half was followed by a frantic second as Croatia were twice pegged back by a rampant Spain side, Dani Ceballos levelling after Andrej Kramaric's opener, before a Sergio Ramos penalty cancelled out Jedvaj's first worldwide goal.

"We'll see over the next few years how many goals I've got and hopefully I'm still fit and healthy and still getting picked by the manager".

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"We will see who will replace him". Unfortunately, Rakitic could not make it until the final whistle during the 3-2 victory of his nation.

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

"The most important thing for us was not to let them play out [from defence] comfortably", he added.

"I remember Slaven having a fantastic impact with the team", Southgate said.

Joe Gomez and Luke Shaw come back into contention on Sunday after missing Thursday's 3-0 friendly win against the United States through injury - a match when Southgate rotated with an eye on this captivating duel.

What time does England vs Croatia kick-off? "We knew that Stones was their most important player in terms of playing out".