England are coming into the squad with a young squad and are playing a relatively new system to them. There are question marks over their first choice keeper, with Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland both in…
- Host City: Kaliningrad
- Surface: Grass
- Capacity: 35,000
- Location: Oktyabrsky Island
- Home Team: FC Baltika Kaliningrad
- World Cup games:
16 June 2018 21:00 – Croatia vs Nigeria – Group D
22 June 2018 20:00 – Serbia vs Switzerland – Group E
25 June 2018 20:00 – Spain vs Morocco – Group B
28 June 2018 20:00 – England vs Belgium – Group G
Team Updates and News
Following Vincent Enyeama’s departure from international football and Carl Ikeme’s leukemia diagnosis. Nigeria initially opted for, Ikechukwu Ezenwa but appear to have lost faith in him and instead have plumped for 19-year-old Francis Uzoho to start in Nigeria’s recent friendlies.
Monaco’s Danijel Subasic will start in goal for Croatia, the defence is probably where the teams weaknesses lie. Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida and Sime Vrsaljko are all error-prone, and 32-year-old Vedran Corluka has only recently recovered from a serious knee injury.
While not one of the strongest outfits in the tournament Morocco do possess some very good players, most notably Mehdi Benatia and Younes Belhanda.
Munir played every match in goal of last years African Cup of Nations and will almost certainly be starting again here.
I’ll admit, I get a lot of my knowledge here from Football Manager but even Sky Sports are using FM now to rate their players so don’t judge me. I actually really rate this side and several of the players in the squad here are from those that won the 2015 U20 World Cup.