Rakitic ruled out of England match and returns to Barcelona

Zlatko Dalic

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic will miss the winner-takes-all Nations League game against England at Wembley on Sunday due to injury, manager Zlatko Dalic said on Friday.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how England could line up for the crunch match.

It has now taken its toll on the right midfielder during Croatia's win over Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Thursday evening in Zagreb.

The full-time whistle in the semi-final was followed by scenes of delirium as Croatia celebrated reaching their first World Cup final and Rakitic defended his team-mates actions in the immediate aftermath of the victory.

A full house will greet the sides for the Group A4 finale, when England have the chance to exact revenge for the extra-time 2-1 defeat to Croatia in July's World Cup semi-final.

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Croatia came out on top at Russian Federation 2018 after downing England in extra-time, although Zlatko Dalic's side then lost to France in the final. We just go for it. "I can see areas we need to improve in, but I think today's result is completely unfair".

Tin Jedvaj was the surprise hero as Croatia beat Spain 3-2 last night to keep the group alive, with the Bayer Leverkusen right-back filling in on the left and ending up scoring twice - including the last-gasp victor.

"It is unprecedented that you come off the back of a major tournament and have so many strong tests in such a short period".

Rooney: It was probably for the best that I didn't score! La Furia Roja has finished its group stage games and sits in first with six points, two points clear of England and Croatia. That's why there was a little bit of a comedown.

"We already knew the situation with a change in generation and we are trying to create a team", Luis Enrique said.