England wins Croatia by 2-1 in Nations League. England have waited more than a decade to provide the “new” Wembley with a game, a victory and an occasion that would live indelibly in the memory bank – but Gareth Southgate’s side delivered it against Croatia.
This may have been the Uefa Nations League, still the infant poor relation when set alongside the World Cup and Euros, but the dramatic manner in which England transformed potential relegation from their group into a 2-1 victory that sent them to next summer’s finals had great significance in the wider context.
And how it was reflected in the joyous celebrations on and off the field at Wembley as ‘Three Lions’ – the anthem Croatia painted as a hymn to an opponent’s arrogance with its ‘Football’s Coming Home’ message before beating England in the World Cup semi-final in July – blasted out around the stadium at the final whistle with thousands joining in. England wins Croatia.