Finding out that you agree with Mark Lawrenson is never a totally comfortable feeling.

However, ahead of England v Croatia tonight, I can’t disagree this time.

Lawrenson believes that this will be England’s toughest game so far, and it will be more difficult than many people imagine, but the Three Lions will pull it off.

He predicts England will win 2-1 but only after extra-time, that would be a tough one to experience and a similarly comfortable 2-0 victory, like the one over Sweden, would be much more preferable.

Mark Lawrenson thinks this World Cup could be England’s destiny but Croatia are also believing, their manager declaring that neither England or France have a better squad than Croatia.

Gareth Southgate declare that ‘The key is how you respond to failure and react to it’, well as a Newcastle and England fan I have plenty experience of failure, so let’s hope we are all still looking forward to Sunday’s final after tonight.

Gareth Southgate:

“As I have got older, I have become more conscious that it is easy to avoid challenges and avoid putting yourself on the line.

“But in the end you will never know the possibilities of great success or great moments like we have had in the last few weeks.

“The brain sometimes tells you to avoid the possibility of disappointment or failure but that is going to happen.

“The key is how you respond to failure and react to it.”

(Croatia Manager) Zlatko Dalic:

“We have nice memories from France (when Croatia lost in the semis to hosts France in 1998).

“Our players did a great job.

“We want to get close to them, although it is difficult to repeat this endeavour, but we will try.”

“We respect everyone – England, France….but none of the squads is better than us!”

Mark Lawrenson speaking to BBC Sport:

“Croatia have got good players right through their team and, without a doubt, they will be the best team that England have played at this World Cup…I am ignoring the meaningless match against Belgium.

“So I think Gareth Southgate’s side will have to raise their level from what we have seen so far.

“But this just strikes me as one of those games that I really do think England will win, by hook or by crook.

“I just have a feeling that England will find a way to win.

“Sometimes I think these things are written and the way this tournament has opened up for England, is one of the reasons it feels like this is their time.”

“Prediction is England 2 Croatia 1 (after extra time).”

England v Croatia Match Betting:

England win 5/4Draw 85/40Croatia win 27/10

Kane to score first goal of match with a header 20/1England win 2-0 19/2Maguire to score first goal 25/1

All England v Croatia betting HERE



  • paul mclaughlan

    Fingers crossed for tonight.

  • pedrodelgardo

    It’s a football match. I hope we win.

  • Big Hairy Man

    Not a good omen when Lawro predicts a win.

  • Dillon Tovak

    🎵it’s coming home, it’s coming home 🎶
    ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️🍻🥂🍾⚽️⚽️⚽️

    • HarryHype59

      Alas it’s not!

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Howay the Croats. If England win the media & pundits will be absolutely unbearable beyond belief. Telling us the Premier League & these players are the greatest things in the history of the world

    • HarryHype59

      Southgate has been described as a “genius” on Talk Sport all week.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        My point proven haha. Nation of bottlers football wise. Not one of them has the balls to go play abroad and test themselves. That’s why I applaud the likes of Lookman & Sancho especially the latter who rejected more money at Citeh to learn his craft a. BVB

    • paul mclaughlan

      C’mon England.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Why aren’t you there since you absolutely adore you’re national team so much?

        You’ll of been one of them calling the team names 2 weeks ago now straight on the bandwagon

        • paul mclaughlan

          Yawn. You really are a first class sanctimonious pr1k.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Care to elaborate mr Southgate ?

          • paul mclaughlan

            Don’t need to. Your comment supporting Croatia says everything I need to know about you. Unless of course you’re a Croat. Then I apologise.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            West end of Newcastle, Irish, Argentine & South African decent.

            Sorry I don’t share your faux patriotic stance on a team you hated two weeks ago

          • paul mclaughlan

            When did I say I hated them? Said I would jump on the bandwagon if they done well. And after years of disappointment I’m happy to jump right back on it.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Or that I don’t want to cheer for cockney F.C.

          • paul mclaughlan

            It’s England and I’m English. You’re just upset as Argentina are out.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I don’t like any national team. Newcastle and that’s it. You’ll be one of them ‘Geordies’ from Gateshead anyway

          • paul mclaughlan

            Walker lad, lived in Byker now Wallsend.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Urgh

          • paul mclaughlan

            Hahaha. An Argie from the west end? You joke… right?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            How gullible are you man

          • paul mclaughlan

            Well you’ll be over the moon we’re oot now. Time to focus on our own England aka The Toon.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Never trust mackems, serial losers.

            The last time Henderson cried this much was when his sister dumped him

          • SuperDesHamilton

            😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 ooops

          • Dillon Tovak

            Cockney F.C?
            Most of the team are from Yorkshire, Sunderland and Manchester 😂
            Plying their trade in Liverpool, Manchester and Leicester 👏

          • SuperDesHamilton

            So I’ll forgot the he bias of years & years gone by because England managed to beat a few National heavyweights like Tunisia & Panama then?

            They’ll be treated like gods now, no wonder this country wins nothing when we reward failure

          • Dillon Tovak

            You can do what you like, I’m not fussed. I’m just saying to call them cockney fc is ignoring the actual facts.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I’m doing what I like by calling them cocky F.C.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Cocky certainly makes more sense than cockney so go for it.

  • HarryHype59

    The hype in the media regarding England has been absurd. Unless “star” players like Alli and Sterling produce their best tonight, England will be playing Belgium on Saturday.

    • HarryHype59

      Oh dear…I so wanted to be wrong but alas my prediction was true.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Just seen Monkseaton in the middle of the England huddle giving a team talk, looks like he’s holding a balance sheet

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    Lawro as accurate as always. Kiss of death