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UEFA EURO: England - Croatia Match press kits

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EnglandEnglandWembley Stadium - LondonSunday 13 June 2021
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Group D - Matchday 1
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Match background Only this chapter

England and Croatia have been involved in several high-stakes contests in recent years and face another as they meet at Wembley in the opening round of Group D matches at UEFA EURO 2020.

• Croatia reached the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the expense of England, who turned the tables later that year to qualify for the inaugural UEFA Nations League Finals.

• This is the second time the teams have met at the UEFA European Championship, with co-hosts England making their tenth appearance in the finals and Croatia their sixth. However, while England have never won on Matchday 1, Croatia are still to taste defeat – winning their last three opening fixtures at the final tournament.

Previous meetings
• The sides last met in the 2018 UEFA Nations League, a goalless draw in Rijeka on 12 October preceding their final-day contest at Wembley the following month. Andrej Kramarić's 57th-minute goal put Croatia in front, but strikes in the final 12 minutes from Jesse Lingard (78) and Harry Kane (85) took Gareth Southgate's England into the Finals in Portugal.

• Zlatko Dalić's side had enjoyed a comeback win of their own on 11 July that year, in the World Cup semi-final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Kieran Trippier's fifth-minute free-kick was cancelled out by Ivan Perišić in the 68th minute, before Mario Mandžukić scored the decisive goal in the 109th minute.

• Those were the teams' first fixtures in almost a decade, with Fabio Capello's England having beaten a Croatia side coached by Slaven Bilić 4-1 in Zagreb and 5-1 in London in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup; Luka Modrić started the first game.

• The countries have played in three previous UEFA European Championship fixtures, the first coming at UEFA EURO 2004 when two Wayne Rooney goals helped England to a 4-2 Matchday 3 victory in Lisbon that took Sven-Göran Eriksson's team into the quarter-finals at the expense of a Croatia team coached by Otto Barić.

• That was the sides' first competitive fixture; the next two came in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying, when Bilić's Croatia won 2-0 in Zagreb and 3-2 at Wembley against Steve McClaren's side; the latter result, on the final day of qualification, meant England missed out on the final tournament for the first time since 1984.

• Croatia's record against England at Wembley is W1 D1 L2; they also lost 3-1 in a 2003 friendly at Portman Road in Ipswich.

EURO facts: England
• This is England's tenth appearance in the UEFA European Championship; they finished third in 1968 and also reached the semi-finals on home soil in 1996.

• A team managed by Roy Hodgson won all ten qualifiers on the way to UEFA EURO 2016, where they finished second behind Wales in their section after taking five points from three matches, only to be shocked by Iceland in the round of 16 (1-2).

• Southgate's side finished top of Group A in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying, winning seven of their eight matches (L1) to progress six points ahead of the Czech Republic, who are also in Group D at the final tournament. England's sole defeat came away to the Czechs in their fifth fixture (1-2); they had beaten them 5-0 at Wembley in their opening game.

• Kane finished as the overall top scorer in the qualifying group stage with 12 goals, scoring at least once in every game. He also provided five assists.

• Raheem Sterling was involved in 15 of England's 37 qualifying goals, scoring eight himself with seven assists.

• England have never won their opening group game at a UEFA European Championship in eight previous attempts (D5 L3). They have drawn their last two Matchday 1 fixtures 1-1, against Russia in 2016 and France four years earlier. They also drew 1-1 against Switzerland at Wembley in the opening match of EURO '96.

• The defeat by Iceland in the last 16 at UEFA EURO 2016 is England's only reverse in their last 11 EURO finals matches (W5 D5), with the eliminations on penalties by Italy (2012) and Portugal (2004) counted as draws.

• England have never lost in the finals of a major tournament at Wembley (W7 D3), though they have drawn both Matchday 1 fixtures and were defeated on penalties there by Germany after a 1-1 draw in the semi-final of EURO '96.

• England's record at Wembley is W183 D72 L39. They have won nine of their last ten matches at the stadium, including UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic (5-0), Bulgaria (4-0) and Montenegro (7-0); the 1-0 UEFA Nations League loss to Denmark on 14 October 2020 was only their second loss in their last 22 matches at Wembley (W16 D4).

EURO facts: Croatia
• This is Croatia's sixth EURO; they have missed out just once since independence, at UEFA EURO 2000, meaning this is their fifth successive finals. They have twice reached the last eight and twice bowed out at the group stage.

• Croatia's UEFA EURO 2016 campaign was ended in the round of 16 by eventual champions Portugal, who were 1-0 winners after extra time. A team coached by Ante Čačić had finished first in their section on seven points, ahead of defending champions Spain.

• Dalić's charges were Group E winners in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020, picking up 17 points from their eight matches to finish three points ahead of Wales.

• Croatia are unbeaten on EURO Matchday 1 (W4 D1), winning the last three such matches including a 1-0 defeat of Turkey at UEFA EURO 2016.

• Having been eliminated by Portugal after extra time four years ago, a 2-1 defeat in Hungary on 24 March 2019 is Croatia's only loss over 90 minutes in their last 14 EURO matches (W9 D4).

• Croatia's record in England is W4 D1 L7. At EURO '96 in the country, they won two and lost two of their four matches, bowing out after a 2-1 defeat against eventual winners Germany in the quarter-finals at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Links and trivia
• Have played in England:
Mateo Kovačić (Chelsea 2018–)
Nikola Vlašić (Everton 2017/18)
Lovre Kalinić (Aston Villa 2018–)
Simon Sluga (Luton Town 2019–)
Andrej Kramarić (Leicester 2014–16)
Dejan Lovren (Southampton 2013/14, Liverpool 2014–20)
Luka Modrić (Tottenham 2008–12)

• Have played together:
Jordan Henderson & Dejan Lovren (Liverpool, 2014–20)
Trent Alexander-Arnold & Dejan Lovren (Liverpool, 2016–20)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain & Dejan Lovren (Liverpool, 2017–20)
Joe Gomez & Dejan Lovren (Liverpool 2015–20)
Raheem Sterling & Dejan Lovren (Liverpool 2014/15)
Tyrone Mings, Jack Grealish & Lovre Kalinić (Aston Villa 2018–)
Kieran Trippier & Šime Vrsaljko (Atlético Madrid 2019–)
Callum Hudson-Odoi & Mateo Kovačić (Chelsea 2018–)
Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount & Mateo Kovačić (Chelsea 2019–)
Ben Chilwell & Mateo Kovačić (Chelsea 2020–)

• Jadon Sancho scored a penalty in Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 win against Lovren's Zenit side in the UEFA Champions League group stage on 28 October 2020.

• Sterling scored the final goal in Manchester City's 3-0 win away to a Marseille side featuring Duje Ćaleta-Car on Matchday 2 of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League.

• Mario Pašalić's goal earned Atalanta a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City in the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Perišić scored Borussia Dortmund's late equaliser at home to Arsenal in the 2011/2012 UEFA Champions League group stage (1-1).

• Vlašić was on target in a 3-3 draw between Croatia and England on Matchday 3 of the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, with James Maddison scoring for England.

• Kramarić got Hoffenheim's goal in a 2-1 loss against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League group stage on 12 December 2018.


Team facts Only this chapter

UEFA European Championship records: England

2016 – round of 16
2012 – quarter-finals
2008 – did not qualify
2004 – quarter-finals
2000 – group stage
1996 – semi-finals
1992 – group stage
1988 – group stage
1984 – did not qualify
1980 – group stage
1976 – did not qualify
1972 – quarter-finals
1968 – third place
1964 – did not qualify
1960 – did not participate

Final tournament win
1-4: Netherlands v England, 18/06/96
3-0: England v Switzerland, 17/06/04

Final tournament defeat
twice, most recently v Soviet Union, 18/06/88

Qualifying win
England v Luxembourg, 15/12/82

Qualifying defeat
France v England, 27/02/63

Final tournament appearances
Gary Neville
10: Wayne Rooney
9: Tony Adams
9: Steven Gerrard
9: Alan Shearer
8: Sol Campbell
8: Stuart Pearce
8: Ashley Cole
8: Joe Hart

Final tournament goals
Alan Shearer
6: Wayne Rooney
3: Frank Lampard

Overall appearances
Wayne Rooney
Steven Gerrard
29: Ashley Cole
26: Michael Owen
25: Joe Hart
24: Gary Neville
24: John Terry
23: David Beckham
23: Sol Campbell
22: Frank Lampard
22: Phil Neville

Overall goals
20: Wayne Rooney
Harry Kane
Michael Owen
13: Alan Shearer
10: Raheem Sterling
8: Geoff Hurst
8: Kevin Keegan
7: Gary Lineker
7: Paul Scholes
7: Danny Welbeck


UEFA European Championship records: Croatia

2016 – round of 16
2012 – group stage
2008 – quarter-finals
2004 – group stage
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – quarter-finals

Final tournament win
3-0: Croatia v Denmark, 16/06/96

Final tournament defeat
0-3: Croatia v Portugal, 19/06/96

Qualifying win
7-0: Croatia v Andorra, 07/10/06

Qualifying defeat
0-2 five times, most recently Norway v Croatia, 06/09/15

Final tournament appearances
12: Darijo Srna
Vedran Ćorluka
10: Ivan Rakitić
9: Luka Modrić
7: Ivan Perišić
6: Niko Kovač
6: Robert Kovač
6: Mario Mandžukić
6: Ivan Strinić
6: Josip Šimunić
6: Ivica Olić
6: Niko Kranjčar
6: Stipe Pletikosa
6: Danijel Pranjić

Final tournament goals
3: Mario Mandžukić
3: Davor Šuker
2: Ivan Klasnić
2: Luka Modrić
2: Ivan Perišić

Overall appearances
47: Luka Modrić
47: Darijo Srna
43: Vedran Ćorluka
36: Ivan Rakitić
34: Ivica Olić
32: Stipe Pletikosa
31: Josip Šimunić
30: Ivan Perišić
30: Dario Šimić
27: Robert Kovač

Overall goals
20: Davor Šuker
13: Eduardo
11: Ivan Perišić
8: Luka Modrić
Mladen Petrić
7: Mario Mandžukić
6: Zvonimir Boban
6: Niko Kranjčar
6: Ivica Olić
Darijo Srna



:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2020 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2020 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 was the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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