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England and Croatia will face each other in their opening group game in the European Championship on Sunday, and it’s a massive game for the two sides.
Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has hailed the quality of the Three Lions midfield, as he believes that the game will be won and lost in the middle of the park.
Kovacic reserved special praise for Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount and Blues target Declan Rice ahead of Sunday’s game.
“I see the midfield as the main topic here,” said Kovacic. “England are very good in terms of attacking, as are we, so it’s two pretty big teams and it’s gonna be a tough team in terms of the midfield.
“They have an excellent midfield. Mount is in excellent form. Rice as well in West Ham, and [Jordan] Henderson. They have a lot of quality there but so have we – we have excellence there.
“So it’s going to be a tough match, a lot of fights in the midfield, but we’re ready for that. We all know what kind of match we have ahead of us.
“We’re preparing and we are for every match and we’re going to do our best and give our all.”