Ivan Rakitic returns to Barcelona early

Luis Enrique speaks during a press conference at the Maksimir stadium

Just a few days after beating the United States in an global friendly, England is back in action on Sunday in a massive Nations League contest against Croatia at Wembley Stadium.

Croatia had taken one point from their previous two Nations League games after appearing to suffer a hangover from reaching the this year's World Cup final. Rakitic looked anxious as he left the stadium knowing his injury might be serious.

This has certainly been a year to cherish for England, who reached the World Cup semi-finals for just the third time and are reaping the rewards of Southgate's trust in youth.

If Croatia win Sunday's game, they will qualify for the semi-finals - but an England victory will send the Three Lions through to the last four.

"A lot of people said we wouldn't be able to take another extra-time but we played our best extra-time of the tournament".

Relegation from the top tier awaits the defeated side, while a draw would see Spain top Group A4 despite losing 3-2 in their last two matches.

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"We've added more depth to the squad, in terms of some more young players emerging, more competition for places".

Croatia came out on top at Russian Federation 2018 after downing England in extra-time, although Zlatko Dalic's side then lost to France in the final.

"We've wanted to keep improving and I think the players have shown that mentality as well".

"We knew we were in a group with two of the best teams in the world but I'm not anxious about my team".

"That performance did not come from a couple of weeks before the game, it goes back to the World Cup".

Rakitic is now ruled out of England vs Croatia and will fly back to Barcelona instead. "With a little bit of luck we got the second goal with a headed clearance that falls right to Mario Mandzukic".

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