England vs Croatia, Euro 2021: What date is the match, what time is kick-off and what is our prediction?

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England vs Croatia Euro 2021 when date match, what kick-off time odds prediction team news - Rui Vieira /AP
England vs Croatia Euro 2021 when date match, what kick-off time odds prediction team news - Rui Vieira /AP

England will begin their delayed Euro 2021 campaign with a rematch of the 2018 World Cup semi-final against Croatia at Wembley. Gareth Southgate's men lost that match in heart-breaking fashion with Mario Mandzukic scoring in extra time, despite England going 1-0 up.

It is not the first time Croatia have been a painful thorn in the side of England. Croatia prevented England from qualifying for Euro 2008, after a disastrous campaign under Steve McClaren culminated in a 3-2 loss.

Since that fateful summer night in Russia three years ago, the two countries have met twice in the UEFA Nations League, again in 2018. They drew 0-0 Rijeka before England scored some semblance of revenge with a 2-1 win at Wembley. Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane both scored in the final 15 minutes to pull off the comeback.

It is hoped that there will be some fans in attendance at Wembley, as test events in the FA Cup will determine the feasibility of hosting fans at this summer's tournament. Boris Johnson has suggested he would like to see Wembley full "to capacity" for the final on July 11.

When is it?

England's tournament will get underway on Sunday, June 13.

What time is kick-off?

This one will start at 2pm BST.

What TV channel is it on?

This one will be broadcast on BBC1, with BBC and ITV sharing the rights.

England's Euro 2021 full fixtures

Read more: Full Euro 2021 fixtures list

What is the team news?

To be confirmed.

Our writers have been selecting their starting XIs. You can do so in the comments below, or by clicking the link here.

Jason Burt's England XI for the Euros
Jason Burt's England XI for the Euros
Sam Wallace's England XI for the Euros
Sam Wallace's England XI for the Euros

What have we said about Euro 2021?

What are the latest odds?

  • England to win: 5/6

  • Croatia to win: 16/5

  • Draw: 5/2

  • All odds via oddschecker.

What's our prediction?

England will still be carrying the emotional scars of 2018, but this is a very different Croatia side than the one that vanquished them on that fateful night. Modric, Rakitic, Perisic et al are all now into their mid-30s. Meanwhile, England's midfield has been refreshed with sparkling young talent, with the likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Jude Bellingham ready to announce themselves on the international stage. In Russia, fatigue cost England and Croatia were able to outlast them. This time, they should have the legs to exact revenge.

Predicted score: England 3 Croatia 1