Ivan Rakitic returns to Barcelona early

Ivan Rakitic returns to Barcelona early

The winners of Sunday's game will qualify for the Nations League semifinals with the losers being relegated to League B.

The Three Lions suffered a heartbreaking extra-time defeat to Croatia in the semi-finals of the World Cup and Southgate says he will not leave anything to chance at Wembley.

A tame first half was followed by a frantic second as Croatia were twice pegged back by a rampant Spain side, Dani Ceballos levelling after Andrej Kramaric's opener, before a Sergio Ramos penalty cancelled out Jedvaj's first worldwide goal.

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. At Barca there are plays that are rehearsed and trained and I could see that England also had those plays very well-worked. "I'm happy with how we played even though there are things to improve".

With only the England v Croatia match remaining in the group, the standings are as follows.

"We want healthy players and Ivan in this moment is not 100 percent ready".

The former Manchester United man said the potential in the team was "huge".

"Some of the players that are still playing for them were around at that time, so that's why we have so much respect for a lot of those senior players, in particular".

"I think we've proved ourselves across the year to be two of the best teams in the world this year", the England manager added.

'Tomorrow we will play how we know we can play.

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

Rakitic is now ruled out of England vs Croatia and will fly back to Barcelona instead.

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