When England and Croatia play against each other at Wembley on 13 June, many will talk of revenge for the 2018 World Cup semi-final. However, both the teams will proceed on paper.
Revenge is one of the most commonly used and inflationary expressions in the game. Soccer Germany spoke of revenge, revenge, repair, when it faced Denmark less than three months after a 2–0 loss in the 1992 European Championship final and this short-lived “friendly” in Copenhagen. Won the match 2-1. . The cap was cooled, and yet the Dane was allowed to call himself European champion for four years.
You can really just return the favor with Likes for Likes. The change for the 2018 World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia, which the Croatians won 2–1 after extra time, will take place when the two teams compete against each other in the European Championship. If they advance to first and second place in the group, they cannot meet in the semi-finals. The British and Croatians have what it takes to make it to the bottom four. It looks like they will take the first two places in Group D, which also includes the Czech Republic and Scotland.
England lost essentially the inevitable players since 2014, including stars such as Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney. It was a change that the England national team was able to cushion and from which they emerged even stronger. Goalkeeper Harry Kane is 27 years old. Outstanding powers such as Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho are on average less than 22 years old. Jude Bellingham (17) can also be counted among those extraordinary talents whose memory was not lost in the failure of England in the first major tournaments and in penalty shootouts. Only national coach Gareth Southgate would not have forgotten this yet.
England never finished European Championship qualification in an easy group with 37:6 goals in eight matches and seven wins. At the start of World Cup qualification, the Three Lions continued in the same style: 3 games, 9 points, 9:1 goals.
When it matters, Croatia is most of the time. Players from the Balkans are never named as favorites for the title. Germany, Spain, France, England, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands and even Belgium are often given better chances always according to preconceived notions. But like the World Cup in Russia, successful national coach Zlatko Dalik can count on a strong, balanced team. There are 14 players in clubs from the five major European leagues, most in good roles.
In qualifying, the Croatians finished ahead of Wales and two teams that also came to the European Championship through barrage games: Slovakia and Hungary.
With an increase of 24 teams for the 2016 European Championships, countries that have never achieved or done nothing in a long time may also stand out. Scots belong to the second category. Most recently they have flopped five times in World Cup and five times in European Championship qualification. To be able to participate in a major tournament for the first time since 1998, he had a balanced record in twelve qualifying games, including two barrage games won in each penalty shootout. Hungary and North Macedonia also came into the barrage with balanced results, but each won two games after 90 minutes.
The Czechs seem more capable of fighting England and Croatia for the top two spots in the group. If they were second behind England in the qualifying group, they could have given England their only defeat with a 2–1 win in Prague.
Foundation of the “Football Association”: 1863
Fifa-ranking: Position 4
Previous participation in European Championship finals (9): 1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2012, 2016.
Best EM-result: Semifinals (1996)
Eligibility: Group A winners (8 games / 21 points) ahead of Czech Republic
Best goalscorer in European Championship qualification: Harry Kane (12 tore)
most famous player: Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Harry Maguire
trainer: Gareth Southgate (from England, 2016).
resident: 4 Mio.
Grundung des Verbandes «Croatian Football Federation»: 1912
Previous participation in European Championship finals (5): 1996, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Best EM-result: Quarterfinals (1996 and 2008)
Eligibility: Group E winner (8 games / 17 points) ahead of Wales
Best goalscorer in European Championship qualification: Bruno Petkovic (4 goals)
Most Famous Players: Luka Modric, Sime Versalco, Dejan Lovren, Lady Kramarik, Ante Rebic
trainer: Zlatko Dalik (from CRO, 2017).
resident: 5.4 Mio.
Foundation of the “Scottish Football Association”: 1873
Previous participation in European Championship finals (2): 1992, 1996,
Best EM-result: Eliminated both times in the group stage.
Eligibility: 3rd in Group I (10 games/15 points) behind Belgium and Russia; Again victory in the barrage against Israel and Serbia
Best goalscorer in European Championship qualification: John McGinn (7 Tor)
most famous player: Kieran Tierney, Andrew Robertson, Scott McTominay, John McGinn, Che Adams
trainer: Steve Clark (from SCO, 2019).
resident: 10.6 Mio.
Grundung des Verbandes «Football Association of the Czech Republic»: 1901
Previous participation in European Championship finals (6): 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Best EM-result: Final (1996)
Eligibility: Second in Group A (8 games/15 points) behind England
Best goalscorer in European Championship qualification: Patrick Schick (4 goals)
most famous player: Patrick Schick, Tomas Sousek, Antonin Baraki
trainer: Jaroslav Silhavi (from CZE, 2018).
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