How to Watch England vs Croatia in the World Cup

How to Watch England vs Croatia in the World Cup

What is it?

England play Croatia in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990 with Belgium or France awaiting the winner in the final.

Gareth Southgate’s team have reconnected England fans to the national side and they cruised through to the last-four with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Sweden in the quarters.

Croatia were hugely impressive when putting Argentina to the sword in the group-stage but laboured to penalty shootout wins against Denmark and hosts Russia in the knockout stages.

What TV channel is it on?

Live coverage begins at 6.30pm on ITV and will be anchored by Mark Pougatch

Pougatch will be joined by Gary Neville, Ian Wright and Lee Dixon.

Commentary is brought to you by Clive Tyldesley and Glenn Hoddle.

How can I live stream the match?

If you are in the UK but without access to a television, you can watch the whole of Sweden vs England on ITV player on desktop, mobile or a tablet.

All you need to do is make sure you have an ITV and are signed in your relevant device.

Will there be a highlights show?

Don’t worry if you miss the game as BBC One will be showing a replay of the whole game from 11.50pm.

Highlights of France’s semi-final against Belgium will also be shown.

What have TV ratings been like?

Almost 20 million people tuned in to watch England’s quarter-final win over Sweden, with an average 15.8 million viewers across the 90 minutes.

There is still some way to go to match the 32 million people who watched the 1966 World Cup final, however.

What should England expect from Croatia?

Croatia are the best team England have faced this summer in a meaningful match. They possess arguably the most formidable collection of central midfielders in the tournament, with Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic pulling the strings.

Inter’s Marcelo Brozovic sometimes sits in behind the pair when Croatia switch to a midfield three, while Matteo Kovacic is another prodigious talent who has been largely used from the bench.

Despite the star names, Croatia have been slightly dysfunctional in the knockout stages with their midfield struggling to connect with their attack – led by Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Perisic.

That will give England grounds for optimism, as well the fact Croatia have conceded from set-pieces in each their last two games.