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Chelsea midfielders Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic will face each other on Sunday in the Euro 2020 Championship.
This crucial tie between two European heavyweights is expected to be won and lost in midfield, and Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has hailed the quality of the Three Lions midfield.
Despite Kovacic’s praise for England’s midfield, Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic believes his side’s midfield is still vastly superior to England’s.
He said: “Our midfielders can play against anyone. I think our midfield is better than theirs, so I hope that is somewhere we can do well.”
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has hailed Croatia’s midfield three of Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic and Luka Modric.
“I think England is going to face probably one of the best midfields in the tournament,” Mourinho said on talkSPORT.
“[Marcelo] Brozovic, [Luka] Modric, Kovacic for me is top of the tops.
“Brozovic in England we don’t know him so well, fantastic player, very aggressive, great positioning, but at the same time good technique, good arrival in the box even coming from a more defensive position. Modric, we don’t need to say anything.”