ENGLAND are facing an early exit from the Under-21 Euro Championship.
Aidy Boothroyd’s side have lost both of their matches so far at the tournament. The Three Lions must now beat Croatia and hope Portugal defeat Switzerland to have any chance of progressing from Group D to the knockout rounds – which take place this summer.
When is England U21 vs Croatia U21?
- England U21 vs Croatia U2 takes place on Wednesday, March 31.
- The match kicks off at 5pm UK time.
- The Bonifika Stadium in Slovenia plays host.
What live stream and TV channel is England vs Croatia on?
What is the team news?
England U21 squad for the Euro Championship group stage:
Goalkeepers: Josef Bursik (Stoke City), Josh Griffiths (Cheltenham Town, loan from West Bromwich Albion), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)
Defenders: Max Aarons (Norwich City), Ben Godfrey (Everton), Marc Guehi (Swansea City, loan from Chelsea), Lloyd Kelly (AFC Bournemouth), Ryan Sessegnon (Hoffenheim, loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Steven Sessegnon (Bristol City, loan from Fulham), Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur), Ben Wilmot (Watford)
Midfielders: Tom Davies (Everton), Ebere Eze (Crystal Palace), Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion, loan from Chelsea), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Dwight McNeil (Burnley), Oliver Skipp (Norwich City, loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Attackers: Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven), Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal), Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal)
What have they said?
Aidy Boothroyd, England U21 manager: “It is still mathematically possible and we’ll fight to the end.
“We’ve come here to play three games and we intend to. We wanted to go into the final game with it still in our hands and it’s not.”
HOW CAN ENGLAND STILL QUALIFY?
If England beat Croatia and Portugal beat Switzerland, then England, Croatia and Switzerland will be tied on three points each.
UEFA’s tie-breaker in that situation looks at the head-to-head record between the three teams. Each team would have won one and lost two against the others.
Goal difference would next be used to split the teams. If England win by two goals on Wednesday, their GD in head-to-head games will be +1, Switzerland’s will be 0, and Croatia’s will be -1.
Croatia progress hopes depend on Switzerland v Portugal.
Win might not be enough, 1-goal loss could be OK.
England need two-goal win and Swiss to lose.
Welcome to our live blog of Croatia u21s v England u21s
Aidy Boothroyd’s side clash with the Croatians, in the last game of their European Under-21 Championship group stage campaign today in Slovenia.
The Young Lions have had a disappointing tournament so far after losing their opening two games.
Croatia will be looking to seal their qualification to the knockout stages with another win after beating Switzerland 3-2 on Sunday, however England could still progress with a dominant score line.
England have been dealt a double blow as Callum Hudson-Odoi has returned to Chelsea due to a shoulder injury, and Arsenal playmaker Emile Smith Rowe is also a doubt due to fitness concerns.
Eddie Nketiah will lead the line at the Bonifika stadium, having recently broken the scoring record with 16 goals for the Under-21s.
The Croatians are expected to start Dario Vizinger as a lone striker after he scored in their 3-2 win on Sunday.
The Wolfsberger forward will be supported by midfielder Nikola Moro who also netted in that crucial victory over the Swiss.
Goalkeeper Dominik Kotarski is expected to continue in goal after he replaced Adrian Semper, who was dropped after their defeat to Portugal in their opening game.