England vs Croatia: Harry Kane responds to Dejan Lovren's taunts

Arnold Nichols
November 18, 2018

Suddenly it has all got very interesting in the at-times maligned UEFA Nations League, with England hosting Croatia at Wembley on Sunday with all three teams from Group A4 still in with a chance to finishing top.

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If Southgate lines up as expected, England will have five changes to the team that lost 2-1 to Croatia in the semi-finals of this summer's World Cup. "The team I played in had superstars, but this team has also got superstars", the 33-year-old said. They have the potential to go further and I know from the mentality of the players, even though they are young, the mentality is right.

You only have to look at Croatia's squad to see the calibre of players that they have and we know that from the recent matches we've had with them.

On Lovren's rivalry with Ramos, he continued: 'That's not for me to compare them two. "Unfortunately, we are going to play without him".

"Some of the players that are still playing for them were around at that time, so that's why we have so much respect for a lot of those senior players, in particular. We want to keep improving and I think the players have shown that mentality". We have a completely new team, a completely new mindset.

Ivan Rakitic has been sent back to Barcelona after suffering a hamstring in the second half of the win over Spain - so Chelsea's Mateo Kovacic is set to come into the line-up. I've spoken to other worldwide managers and they've all said the same as the quality of the matches and the challenge on offer has been exactly what they've wanted.

So the equation is fairly simple for Zlatko Dalić and the Croatian team, beat England and a semi-final spot is assured.

'But also we've got belief that we're improving, that we're learning all the time and people can see how hungry we are to succeed so we've got great motivation ahead of tomorrow's match'.

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