Gareth Southgate’s England side kick off their Euro 2020 tournament with a huge game against Croatia on Sunday.
These two sides met in the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup, with Croatia advancing to the final after a thrilling 2-1 match that went into extra time.
England have a significant advantage this time round though, with the fixture due to be played on the hallowed home turf at Wembley.
But with fans allowed back into stadiums for the first time in 15 months, the expectations on England will be huge.
However, England boss Gareth Southgate insists that this won’t be a burden on his players.
“[It’s a] massive factor,” he told Express Sport.
“Let’s not forget we won a World Cup when it was on our soil. The home factor, I don’t think it becomes a burden.
“I think it’s an inspiration to be playing in their home country. How many international games do we lose at Wembley? Not many at all.
“It’s almost a home tournament as far as we’re concerned because we don’t have to venture too far.
“I think it’s a big plus. The home country will get behind the team. If they get off to a good start against Croatia – like I think they will – there will be a wave of good will and that can only be a help to the team.”
Here’s how you can watch the game for free.
Where to watch England vs Croatia
The match will be televised on BBC One for free, with coverage from 1pm GMT for a 2pm kick-off.
UK viewers will be able to stream the match online for free via the BBC iPlayer.
Following the clash against Croatia, England will square off against Scotland five days later at Wembley for their first meeting at a major tournament since Euro ’96.
Meanwhile, Southgate has maintained that his players will continue to take the knee at the tournament.
“Most important thing for our players is to know we are totally united on it,” said Southgate. “We are totally committed to supporting each other, supporting the team. We feel more than ever determined to take the knee through this tournament.
“We accept that there might be an adverse reaction and we are just going to ignore that and move forward.”
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However, it’s been reported that Croatia players won’t follow suit.
Croatia’s team spokesman Tomislav Pacak told reporters that UEFA’s protocols did not mention taking a knee and that the European governing body is against introducing politics into sport.
Croatia failed to take the knee in their last pre-tournament friendly against Belgium.