It’s crunch time for the Young Lions in Slovenia this evening as they look to rescue another dismal European Championship campaign.
England’s chances of reaching this summer’s knockout stages are out of their own hands after disappointing losses to Switzerland and Portugal in which they failed to even muster a single shot on target from open play despite boasting a strong squad full of attacking talent.
Aidy Boothroyd’s side now must beat Croatia in Koper and also hope that Portugal defeat Switzerland in Ljubljana to have a chance to escape Group D, but even then their fate will come down to goal difference.
Boothroyd has come under huge pressure after another disastrous tournament to date and with the 50-year-old’s contract with the FA expiring this summer, tonight could represent his final game in charge.
England are without injured Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi here due to a shoulder injury, while Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe failed a late fitness test.
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82 mins: Bit of a concern for England here as Brewster is down and in need of treatment. No other striker available from the bench.
GOAL! Croatia 0-2 England
74 mins: There it is! Curtis Jones scores the goal which could have England in the quarter finals. Brewster gets down the right and manages to get the ball into McNeil who does so well to bring it ender control before a fine finish from Jones.
71 mins: Slight scare for England on the break as Croatia get away but Moro fires wide. A couple of changes for England as Nketiah is replaced by Brewster and Cantwell comes on for Gallagher.
65 mins: Ramsdale saves well from a free-kick while Portugal go three up.
63 mins: So close again! McNeil rattles the post with a stunning free-kick.
61 mins: This is all in England’s hands now you would think. Portugal have doubled their lead against Switzerland through Trincao. Having had to rely on others, England firmly in control of their fate now.
55 mins: England on the front foot and Nketiah gets his first real look at goal in three games as Eze slides it in for him. Shot is straight at the keeper, however.
51 mins: Jones clips a fine ball into the far post but Tanganga can’t get a clean connection and skews it high over the bar.
50 mins: Good start from England and Eze draws a save and wins a corner with a good free-kick to the near post.
England get us going once more.