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Croatia vs England:The Three Lions unchanged for semi-final, Croatia bring in Brozovic

Croatia vs England:The Three Lions unchanged for semi-final, Croatia bring in Brozovic

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England manager Gareth Southgate named an unchanged starting line-up for Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final against Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

It is the same team, captained by six-goal top scorer Harry Kane, as that which started in the 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Goals from centre-back Harry Maguire and Dele Alli in Samara took England through to the last four of the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

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Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic makes one change to the team that beat hosts Russia on penalties in the quarter-finals, with Andrej Kramaric making way for Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.

That is likely to mean a change in system to a 4-3-3, with Brozovic holding in midfield in between Ivan Rakitic and skipper Luka Modric.

Sime Vrsaljko has been passed fit to start at right-back after coming off hurt in extra-time against Russia.

Starting line-ups for the World Cup semi-final between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday (1800 GMT kick-off):

Croatia (4-3-3):

Danijel Subasic; Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic; Luka Modric (capt), Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Rakitic; Ante Rebic, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic

Coach: Zlatko Dalic (CRO)

England (3-5-2):

Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane (capt)

Coach: Gareth Southgate (ENG)

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)

(AFP)

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