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Match 5: England vs Croatia 2pm BST - BBC1 - Wembley


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Just now, themadsheep2001 said:

He's not coming off, but if I was subbing Kane it would be for Rashford. Croatia hate theses runs 

I'd be surprised if they stay as high tbh

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You're Southgate. You have two left backs in your squad.

One was voted the best LB in the Premier League and inducted into PFA Team of the Year.

The other one played a key role in his club winning a Champions League.

What mental gymnastics do you use to play Trippier there?

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If England come out the traps again, they could score and open up the game. Croatia look a bit toothless. For all the quality they have in the middle, they need more in the final third. 

Again, though, Modric, even at his age, looks a class above the rest of the players on the field. What a player. 

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Kane will be fine if he plays off their centre halves instead of trying to occupy spaces where we already have players.

The long ball in behind has been working for Sterling. Kane needs to be there to give him an option.

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Just now, adhikapp said:

You're Southgate. You have two left backs in your squad.

One was voted the best LB in the Premier League and inducted into PFA Team of the Year.

The other one played a key role in his club winning a Champions League.

What mental gymnastics do you use to play Trippier there?

"I'd take 5 or 6 right backs if I could!"

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6 minutes ago, The_jagster said:

I think both Bamford and Watkins are both a technical level below what's needed against top defenders, DCL at least offers something different.

Probably true regarding Bamford and Watkins but they both offer something completely different to Kane and DCL. The constant working of the channels and high pressing. 

No point in talking about that now though because neither of them are there :D

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I feel sorry for Modric, he's clearly still playing at a high level but then there's nothing ahead of him. Croatia are badly lacking a skillful winger that can take players on. Or even a proper LB that's not an adapted CB. 

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