Croatia v England

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Croatia and England will renew their rivalry in the UEFA Nations League behind closed doors on Friday night.

Croatia and England will renew their rivalry in the UEFA Nations League behind closed doors on Friday night.

UEFA sanctions handed out to Croatia mean that there will be no fans watching when the two nations go head-to-head in Rijeka on Friday.

In a repeat of the 2018 World Cup semi-final, England will undoubtedly be out for revenge, although Croatia will be keen to get their Nations League campaign off the mark.

Croatia, who lost in the World Cup final to France, fell to a humbling 6-0 defeat at the hands of Spain when involved in Nations League action last month.

However, they can still call on the likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic to run the show in midfield and their experience could prove to be the deciding factor on Friday.

Gareth Southgate has kept his cards close to his chest in terms of selection for the clash as England look to respond to a 2-1 loss at the hands of Spain in their Nations League opener.

He has called youngsters Jadon Sancho, James Maddison and Mason Mount into the squad but they may have to wait for their opportunity.

Croatia are unbeaten in their last 20 matches on home soil, having won 18 of them, but the absence of any local fans could affect their performance.

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