Fresh airshots and a ‘wally with a brolly’ – Classic England v Croatia matches

first_img tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade England take on Croatia in what is set to be a nerve-wracking UEFA Nations League match at Wembley on Sunday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT, kick-off 2pm.There is a huge amount at stake as a win for the Three Lions will see them reach the finals of the inaugural competition. latest England’s false hope – England 5-1 Croatia (World Cup 2010 qualifier)And England booked their place at the 2010 World Cup in emphatic fashion with a 5-1 drubbing of Croatia in September 2009.Doubles from Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard as well as Rooney’s goal gave England fans all sorts of belief that they could make an impact the following summer. LATEST Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 7 Rooney’s four-goal haul at Euro 2004 was his best performance at a major tournament for his country This was arguably’s England’s best display under Capello 7 7 However, a score draw or a defeat will see Gareth Southgate’s men relegated to the second tier in what is the tenth occasion England and Croatia will have met.England vs Croatia Nations League match previewThe last time they played produced a fairly uneventful goalless draw behind closed doors in Rijeka but there have been some classic matches over the years.Below you can see six of the most memorable England matches against Croatia. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 RANKED revealed When in doubt you can always blame the turf Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Walcott scored three of his eight international goals in that game However, it proved to be same old England at a major tournament as they scraped through to the knockouts, just about finishing second in a group containing the USA, Algeria and Slovenia.Capello’s men were torn apart by Germany in the last-16, losing 4-1 and the impressive qualifying displays became a very very distant memory from that point.Ghost of 1966 returns – Croatia 2-1 England (World Cup 2018)It seemed like football really was coming home when Kieran Trippier beautifully curled home a free-kick in the fifth minute of the 2018 World Cup semi-final clash.However, the Three Lions were unable to reach their first final since 1966 as goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic completed a turnaround win for the gifted Croatia side after extra-time.center_img McLaren’s time at the England helm was short-lived The moment that sent the England team and the entire nation into a frenzy! scrap Paul Robinson’s howler – Croatia 2-0 England (Euro 2008 qualifier)It was a pretty abject display from Steve McLaren’s Three Lions but this game will always be remembered for one catastrophic mistakes from goalkeeper Paul Robinson.After Eduardo’s looping header gave the home side the lead, Gary Neville gave Robinson a routine backpass as England chased the game.However, the ball hit a bump on the pitch, going past Robinson’s swinging foot and into the net. 7 Rooney runs riot – Croatia 2-4 England (Euro 2004)England only needed a draw to reach the last eight of Euro 2004 but Wayne Rooney, who was 18-years-old at the time, had other ideas.After Paul Scholes cancelled out Niko Kovac’s early goal, Rooney took the game by the scruff of the neck and murdered the Croatian defence – bagging a brace en route to the comfortable win.This was as good as things got for England at the tournament after losing to hosts Portugal in the quarter-finals and arguably as good as it got in England colours for Rooney.Wayne Rooney’s five best England matches Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos However, this was not before the Daily Mail labelled McLaren as ‘A wally with a brolly’ after he was photographed holding an umbrella during the rainy match.Wicked Walcott – Croatia 1-4 England (World Cup 2010 qualifier)There was huge hype about Theo Walcott when he was banging in goals left, right and centre for Southampton, which even led to him being given a stunning call-up for England’s 2006 World Cup squad.And his brilliant hat-trick during England’s 2010 World Cup qualifier victory over Croatia appeared to mark the occasion where the former Arsenal star would come of age.The win in September 2008 set England on their way to qualify for South Africa with ease but Walcott would not play a part in the tournament after somehow failing to make Capello’s final squad. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ BEST OF It summed up a wretched game and Euro 2008 qualifying campaign for England, as you’ll see later.‘A wally with a brolly’ – England 2-3 Croatia (Euro 2008 qualifier)Although England were terrible in their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, their destiny was in their own hands going into the final match at home to Croatia – needing just a point to make it to Switzerland and Austria.However, a dreadful error from Three Lions custodian Scott Carson set England on their way to a dismal 3-2 loss to Slaven Bilic’s Croatia in November 2007.The loss saw Steve McLaren dismissed as England boss by the Football Association, who hired Fabio Capello a month later. 7 Most Read in Football 7 gameday cracker Can England book their place in the final stage of the Nations League? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 7 Not that Southgate’s men needed any more incentive to beat Croatia but a Nations League triumph over their World Cup conquerors would be a decent consolation for the heartache in Russia.last_img read more