Rakitic ruled out of Croatia's crucial clash with England at Wembley
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Nov 18, 2018,
Nov 18, 2018, 2:20
Suddenly it has all got very interesting in the at-times maligned UEFA Nations League, with England hosting Croatia at Wembley on Sunday with all three teams from Group A4 still in with a chance to finishing top. Rakitic looked anxious as he left the stadium knowing his injury might be serious.
But Jedvaj's late victor now means victory at Wembley over England, who they beat 2-1 in the World Cup semifinals, would put them in the final phase.
Spain still top Group 4 with six points after four games but to reach the final round they need England to draw with Croatia in the group finale on Sunday.
"A lot of people said we wouldn't be able to take another extra-time but we played our best extra-time of the tournament".
Dalic said: 'We totally respect the England team.
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.
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You play your best football and best performances when you're enjoying playing and winning". Everyone, he said, is entitled to their opinion.
Once back in Catalonia, he'll undergo tests to determine the extent of the injury.
"We've added more depth to the squad, in terms of some more young players emerging, more competition for places". So it's not that we wanted to show any disrespect to England but it is just in that moment all Croatians wanted to embrace all other Croatians!
"We already knew the situation with a change in generation and we are trying to create a team", Luis Enrique said.
Who do you think should replace the Croatian at Barcelona if he misses their matches? "With a little bit of luck we got the second goal with a headed clearance that falls right to Mario Mandzukic".