On Wednesday night, we’ll find out whether England are going to be World Cup finalists or merely bridesmaids in Russia, with the Three Lions clashing with Croatia in Moscow.
Gareth Southgate might have preferred to clash against the hosts but at least the crowd won’t be hostile to his players in a game between two evenly matched teams.
Croatia probably possess the most talented player on the pitch in Luka Modric, although his Blazers team come into this game after needing 120 minutes and a penalty shootout to see off the threat of Denmark and Russia.
Fatigue could therefore play a part, with England having come off their win over Sweden relatively lightly considering that they were managing the game after going two goals ahead.
The energy and pace of Raheem Sterling should cause the Croatian defence a few jitters, with Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida potentially troubled in that area, while they’ll also have to keep tabs on Harry Kane.
There is also the threat from set pieces that the Three Lions offer, with John Stones and Harry Maguire dangerous in this department and both have found the net during the World Cup.
England’s three-man central defence has worked pretty well and there’s a stubbornness to carry the ball from the back, with England taken to edge this contest and one goal might be enough.