England will begin their delayed Euro 2021 campaign with a rematch of the 2018 World Cup semi-final against Croatia at Wembley. Gareth Southgate’s men lost that match in heart-breaking fashion with Mario Mandzukic scoring in extra time, despite England going 1-0 up.
It is not the first time Croatia have been a painful thorn in the side of England. Croatia prevented England from qualifying for Euro 2008, after a disastrous campaign under Steve McClaren culminated in a 3-2 loss.
Since that fateful summer night in Russia three years ago, the two countries have met twice in the UEFA Nations League, again in 2018. They drew 0-0 Rijeka before England scored some semblance of revenge with a 2-1 win at Wembley. Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane both scored in the final 15 minutes to pull off the comeback.
It is hoped that there will be some fans in attendance at Wembley, as test events in the FA Cup will determine the feasibility of hosting fans at this summer’s tournament. Boris Johnson has suggested he would like to see Wembley full “to capacity” for the final on July 11.
When is England v Croatia?
England’s tournament will get underway on Sunday, June 13.
What time is kick-off?
This one will start at 2pm BST.
What TV channel is it on?
This one will be broadcast on BBC1, with BBC and ITV sharing the rights.
England’s Euro 2021 full fixtures
Read more: Full Euro 2021 fixtures list
What is the team news?
To be confirmed.
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