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World Cup Qualifer: England vs. Croatia

In Football, World Cup 2010 on September 6, 2009 at 21:53

By Joe,

Rooney and co. is looking forward to secure their spot in next year's World Cup tournament in South Africa.

Rooney and co. is looking forward to secure their spot in next year's World Cup tournament in South Africa.

England could start booking their hotel for next summer in South Africa once they have beat Croatia this Wednesday evening. A win here for the three lions will extend their undefeated run in Group 6 to 8 wins out of 8 games played. Croatia will be putting up a fight to give themselves some hope in gaining the automatic qualifying spot for the World Cup. They must win to keep their hopes alive.

Coach Fabio Capello has an impeccable status in current World Cup campaign. He has guided the team to a 7 wins out of 7 matches played and looks to continue against Croatia in Wembley. He will have the same 24-man squad available to him that beat Slovenia in an unimpressed 2-1 win last weekend. He will have John Terry return  back to the starting lineup after receiving a knock during training. The Italian maestro gave goal keeper  Rob Green a rare outing between the sticks but David James look to return against Croatia. Jermain Defoe is giving Capello a selection dilemma as he continues his goal scoring form against Slovenia, although Emile Heskey is preferred to start.

Two years ago Croatia ended England’s road to the European Championship 2008, they could repeat this feature if they were to win again at Wembley. Croatia beat Belarus 1-0 in the World Cup qualifier match and that will take them into  2nd place in the group with 8 games played and 17 points. Coach Slaven Bilic must thank goal keeper Vedran Runje for pulling out some great saves during the game. Bilic will be without veteran Vedran Corluka, as he was sent off against Belarus, and Luka Modric. Croatia will have to dig deeper if they want a win at Wembley this time round.

Both teams won their respectful matches last weekend. This should be an interesting match and the top 2 teams in group five. Last time they met in Zagreb, England brushed Croatia aside with a 4-1 win so it will be interesting to see what Croatia will come up with. England are favorites and check out Betsson as they are offering 1.62 for a home win.

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