Croatia U21 vs England U21, Uefa European Championship: live score and latest updates

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4:58PM

Out come the teams

England in all white, Croatia in black with their red and white checkerboard detailing. 

4:52PM

Tottenham fans …

As well as Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga will remember Bartol Franjic and Luka Ivanusec with a shudder. Both were instrumental in Dinamo Zagreb’s defeat of Spurs which shook Jose Mourinho so vigorously, he sent his entire squad to Coventry. 

4:23PM

Familiar face on the Croatia bench for Liverpool fans

Liverpool's midfielder Igor Biscan (G) i...Liverpool's midfielder Igor Biscan (G) is challenged by Monaco's forward Javier Saviola of Argentina during their Champions Ligue Group A football match, 23 Novenber 2004 at the Louis 2 stadium in Monaco

Former Liverpool midfielder and 2005 Champions League winner Igor Biscan is the head coach of the Croatia side

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JACQUES MUNCH/AFP/Getty Images

4:19PM

Croatia line-up

Kotarski; Sverko, Bradaric, Vuskovic; Ivanusec, Bistrovic, Franjic, Moro, Babec; Vizinger, Spikic.  

4:09PM

England team in black and white

Ramsdale; Aarons, Wilmot, Tanganga, Kelly; Skipp, Jones, Gallagher; Eze, Nketiah, McNeil. 

Croatia TBC

4:05PM

England team news

3:53PM

Good afternoon

And welcome to coverage of England’s final group D game from the 2020 U21 Euros against Croatia. Aidy Boothroyd’s team are in a pretty parlous position, having lost their previous two games in Slovenia and if they are to have a batsqueak of a chance to make it through to the knockout stages when the tournament resumes in the summer, they need Portugal to beat Switzerland and to overhaul a goal difference deficit of three with both Croatia and the Swiss.

There has been a great deal of criticism aimed at Boothroyd, much of it based on perceptions of how his Watford team played, but, as he acknowledged himself last night, the measure of his job is how many U21-qualified players are currently serving in the senior side more than tournament success with his group. Most countries see this as a valuable tournament, a kind of finishing school for tournament play that can only benefit the senior set-up in the long run. England seem to be focusing more on the U19s, U18s and U17s for that and fast-track, egged on by the impatience of the press and public, any in-form player who may be eligible and perhaps more suitable for Boothroyd’s team. Nonetheless, the knives are out. 

“The England senior men’s job was called the impossible job,” Boothroyd said yesterday. “The England U21 team is the utterly impossible job.

“It’s not possible to win at all levels. Part of the reason we haven’t won this for 37 years is [my job is] to get players to the first team.

“You shouldn’t be working in youth development if you think your job is to win every game and not produce players for the senior team.”

Well, quite.

So, in the absence, either with the first team or through injury, of Mason Mount, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood and  Reece James, Boothroyd enters the fray here with one hand tied behind his back. 

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