Individuals teams: Croatia make two changes, with Duje Caleta-Car and Marcelo Brozovic making way for central defender Dejan Lovren and winger Josip Brekalo. The Czech Republic make just one improve, in midfield. Defensive midfielder Tomas Holes replaces Alex Kral in a like for like swap.
Match report: Sweden 1- Slovakia
Group E: “An intriguing tactical battle, a sluggish-burning small vintage, an enthralling match of subtly shifting designs … ah, who are we kidding? This was dreadful, the worst match of the match so significantly by some margin,” writes Jonathan Wilson. Examine on …
Group E: In Saint Petersburg, Sweden have just overwhelmed Slovakia in one of the worst games of soccer I have at any time seen. It briefly sparked into daily life for 7 minutes halfway by the second fifty percent, with Emil Forsberg’s penalty guaranteeing his side’s passage to the second round, following a match which so dreadful the BBC punditry panel a lot more or considerably less abandoned their fifty percent-time analysis in favour of a sing-tune.
Zlatko Dalic speaks …
“We have not been great lately in our attacking period and which is one thing we will need to improve,” reported Croatia’s manager. “We will need to do superior in that. We will need to be a lot more vertical, a lot more offensive and produce a lot more chances in assault.
“We are playing versus a group that defeated Scotland and started off with a acquire. They are in a a lot more comfy condition than us, but we are mindful that we will need a acquire to carry back again our self-confidence – and we completely ready to do it.”
Jaroslav Silhavy speaks …
“Luka Modrič is an excellent participant – for me, one of the best gamers in the earth,” reported the Czech Republic manager. “He can use up the slightest space to produce significant chances. We have to shell out a great deal of notice to him and near him down extremely tightly.”
On rumours he make a improve to his line-up. “It is legitimate that we are speaking about a improve in the beginning line-up, but we will initially inform it to the group,” he reported. “As regards our constructive mood, I can guarantee you we are firmly on the floor and we know that we are heading to enjoy versus extremely robust opponents.”
Some pre-match listening
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Early group news
Luka Modric was noticed teaching on his have in the working day or two following his side’s defeat at Wembley but is anticipated to be suit for today’s match, the place he could be partnered by Nikola Vlasic, who started off Sunday’s match on the bench. Centre-back again Dejan Lovren missed out versus England but is considered to be readily available for selection even though this match has appear also quickly for Rangers left-back again Borna Barisic, who stays sidelined with a back again injury and has not travelled to Scotland. The Czech Republic, by contrast, have a completely suit squad to pick from.
Group D: Croatia v Czech Republic
Although shoppers of British media shops could understandably be forgiven for wondering that England’s match versus Scotland is today’s only Group D show in town, Croatia and the Czech Republic have to initially duke it out at Hampden Park ahead of we can all get on with the entertaining.
An ageing Croatia facet massively underwhelmed in defeat in their opener versus England and are in determined will need of at minimum a position, whilst the Czech Republic will be hoping to create on their acquire above Scotland in Glasgow.
Kick-off in Scotland is at 5pm (BST) but keep tuned in the meantime for group news and create-up.