This will be dramatic Tuesday as Group D’s final round of group matches are played. England is yet to respond in style.
England vs Czech Republic
Gareth Southgate’s team have gone from hero to zero … a win, although by the slimmest of margins against Croatia, was just enough for the fans to be keep their hopes for their team to stay in the competition. The dull draw against Scotland was a display of their boring, defensive non performance game. Most fans will be asking today – which team will turn up to face fellow group leaders Czech Republic?
The match at Wembley could be crucial to the English mentality even if they lose and still advance as a third placed team. Harry Kane will start despite his captain’s ordinary form during recent game.
England may rest Phil Foden with suspension looming if he gets cautioned. That could open the door for Jack Grealish to start as the Three Lions look to add attacking intent to their good defensive pattern they have implemented to date.
Croatia vs Scotland
Croatia look like a shadow of the side that lost to France in the final of the last World Cup. They just managed to earn a draw against the Czechs which keep their team hopes of progressing in competition but at this point, there are doubts as to their best starting lineup.
The need to win could help Scotland to come on top. The Scots will be ready to build on their bumpy defensive display against England and hope that Che Adams can find a goal in his boots. Expect this one to have no more than two goals in it.
What needs to happen to qualify:
- Czech Republic will go through as group winners if they avoid defeat against England. They will finish second if they lose and Scotland beat Croatia. They will only finish third if they lose and Croatia win by enough to overtake them on overall goal difference.
- England will go through if they draw or if Scotland do not win, and will finish top if they beat Czech Republic. They will only finish third if they lose and Scotland win by enough to overtake them on overall goal difference.
- Croatia must win to stay in contention to be at least a best third-placed team, though they can still overtake Czech Republic for second place on overall goal difference.
- Scotland must win to finish at least third, and can still overtake England for second place on overall goal difference.