Barcelona midfielder Busquets frustrated as Croatia defeat Spain

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Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic will miss the crucial Nations League showdown with England.

Croatia had taken one point from their previous two Nations League games after appearing to suffer a hangover from reaching the this year's World Cup final.

The former Sevilla player made way for Nikola Vlasic on the 67th minute after seemingly pointing to his hamstring, an injury to which could lead to a lengthy lay off for Ivan Rakitic and pose as a threat to Barcelona. Semi-finals will be played before the UEFA Nations League final.

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The World Cup finalists endured a miserable start to their Group 4 campaign in League A - thrashed by Spain in the reverse fixture and drawing with England - but they now head to Wembley in contention for a Finals place after an incredible finish in Zagreb. We learned a lot in both matches.

Barcelona midfielder Sergi Busquets admitted frustration after Spain's 3-2 defeat to Croatia.

Just 130 days after breaking English hearts in Moscow, Zlatko Dalic's men arrive at Wembley for a winner-takes-all clash that will send the victor through to the inaugural Finals next summer.

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"I think we've proved ourselves across the year to be two of the best teams in the world this year", the England manager added.

"We've had a slight change of system which has also added something different, so we've got some flexibility in how we can play".

"That performance did not come from a couple of weeks before the game, it goes back to the World Cup". So it's not that we wanted to show any disrespect to England but it is just in that moment all Croatians wanted to embrace all other Croatians!

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"We will see who will replace him". That's why there was a little bit of a comedown.

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