UEFA Nations League group stage
Three out of four nations are known for the Nations League Final Four. Portugal, England and Switzerland while France or Netherlands will join them.
England and Croatia gave the fans a great battle as both teams were looking for the win to reach the semis. Croatia stroke first at the hour-mark and thought they had done the most difficult. But once again the Three Lions have shown resilience to not giving up and scored two goals in the last fifteen minutes.
Harry Kane seals the win
Harry Kane became the top scorer in English history with the win in Spain [3-2] and reiterated with the winning goal against Croatia. Whether in club with Tottenham or with the national team, Harry Kane has been on tear so far this season.
Coach Southgate shares his happiness on moving on:
“I’m very proud, first and foremost. I thought we dictated a lot of the game and had good chances in the first half. Then we let quite a soft goal in and it’s a real test of resilience and patience. We rode our luck with their counter-attacks with one cleared off the line.
And for all the great play, we scored from a long throw-in and set-piece. Maybe we’re not a new England and we’re the England we’ve always been. But the players are starting to believe in the system. We have some players so comfortable building from the back.
I felt we were more in control in the first half than we were in the [World Cup] semi-final. We were much more controlled in possession. It felt as if we could open them up and make good chances.
We’ve come out of an incredibly tough group, in terms of form and world rankings, the toughest. We haven’t sat back after the summer and preened ourselves. We’ve progressed. People can see the style and start to believe in what we’re doing.
The depth in the squad since the summer has grown with the young players. Whoever comes in during this competition have all delivered. I’m proud of how we’ve done all year. I’ve not heard Wembley like that for a long time.”
Switzerland dominated Belgium
Third of the last World Cup in Russia, only losing to the French champions, Belgium were heavy favorites to come out of the group. After just 20 minutes, the Red Devils were up 2-0 in Switzerland. But the Swiss turned it around to win 5-2.