England will begin their delayed Euro 2020 campaign with a rematch of the 2018 World Cup semi-final against Croatia at Wembley. Gareth Southgate’s men lost that match in heart-breaking fashion with Mario Mandzukic scoring the winner in extra time, despite England going 1-0 up early on.
It is not the first time Croatia have been a painful thorn in the side of England. They also prevented the Three Lions from qualifying for Euro 2008, after a disastrous campaign under Steve McClaren culminated in a 3-2 loss.
Since that fateful summer night in Russia three years ago, the two countries have met twice in the Uefa Nations League, again in 2018. They drew 0-0 Rijeka before England got some semblance of revenge with a 2-1 win at Wembley. Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane both scored in the final 15 minutes to pull off the comeback.
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