It has been 52 years since England last won the World Cup but it now appears that the Three Lions have a serious shot at ending that drought. And the football mad country has completely lost their minds. English manners and decorum have completely gone out the window. Insanity is now prevailing.
Just one more win by the Three Lions puts them into thefinal. But England will be facing a team that has blown apart low expectations. Croatia has shown the world that is has the best mid fielding corps on Earth. And the best of the best is a midfielder that may just be the greatest in the game.
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2018 FIFA World Cup England vs. Croatia
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 2 p.m. ET
Location: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
World Cup Betting Online Odds at BETCRIS: England – ½ +134, Croatia + ½ -131, Over 2 -112, Under 2 -103, England +137, Croatia +252, Draw +220
England vs. CroatiaTV Coverage: FOX
England is usually an overrated overlay that lets down punters time and again. The sense of entitlement and inevitability of their crazed fans can be annoying to say the least. It can also be disastrous to gambling bankrolls. No team has done less with more hype than the Three Lions. Until now.
When England arrived in Russia they faced low expectations. They were a completely remade group. The roster was young, unknown and inexperienced. As a result, they were given no real chance to emerge as a champion. Brazil, Germany, and Spain were considered the class of the field. England was not even considered to be in the second-tier class of chalks with Belgium, France, Argentina and Portugal.
Harry Raises Kane
England’s 24 year old captain has exploded on the world stage. Harry Kane is now in the conversation as the greatest striker in the game. He already has six goals in the tournament. And posted a hat trick game along the way. Kane also has the football maturity of someone twice his age along with the knack of scoring goals at the most critical junctures.
Gareth the Great
Much of the credit for England’s success must go to manager Gareth Southgate. He showed tremendous courage and vision in blowing up the old roster. And implementing tactics based on the speed and skill of his current group. The transfusion of new blood has proven to be exactly what was needed. The current players have no experience or blame with past failures. It’s a classic case of ignorance being bliss.
Modric and Blazers Midfield Dominates Pitch
Croatia has needed penalty sessions in their two knockout games to make it this far. They played Denmark to a 1-1 draw in the Round of 16. Luka Modric’s penalty kick was the difference in the 3-2 shootout. Against host Russia the Blazers played them to a 2-2 draw. Again, Modric’s penalty kick provided the margin in the 4-3 shootout session. Against Argentina in Group play Modric scored a devastating goal and controlled the pitch. He was instrumental in a shocking 3-0 win over Lionel Messi and the Argentines. From then on Croatia has had everyone’s full attention. Their midfield is football’s best.
Kane vs. Modric
All will rise for Harry Kane and Luka Modric. As they should. This is a classic matchup of dominant impact making super stars. Modric showed great ability in shutting down top threats up to this point. But Kane and the Three Lions will be the speediest team that the Blazers have faced so far.
England vs. Croatia Free Picks
England has the difference maker in Kane. As much as Modric should be respected the fact remains that Kane has been the top clutch scorer in the tournament. Kane may end up King of England after two more matches at the World Cup!
England vs. Croatia Pick: Bet the money line on England
England vs. Croatia Score Prediction: England 2, Croatia 0
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