England has come up against what will likely be the toughest obstacle they have faced in their quest to “bring it home,” but Croatia and its leader, Luka Modric, face a scandal that could prove a distraction — and a stroke of luck for England, Scottish newspaper The National reports, when the two countries collide in the second 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinal, a match that will live stream from Moscow on Wednesday.
The last time England played in a World Cup semifinal game in 1990, a Three Lions side, led by Gary Lineker, Paul Gascoigne and goalkeeper Peter Shilton, were eliminated on penalties by Germany, then still known as West Germany, as The Guardian recalls.
Of course, England are one-for-one in World Cup finals, per the BBC, having reached the ultimate game only in 1966. In a Cup competition played in their own country, England took a hat-trick from Geoff Hurst — still the only hat-trick ever tallied in a World Cup Final — to beat West Germany 4-2 in front of 96,000 fans including then-40-year-old Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, and bring the World Cup “home” to the birthplace of the sport for the first and, at least so far, last time.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Croatia vs. England 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinal match, see the streaming instructions at the bottom of this article. Kickoff for the momentous match in which England hopes to take the country one step closer to “bringing it home” is scheduled for 9 p.m. Moscow Standard Time at 81,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, July 11.
In the United Kingdom, that start time will be 7 p.m. British Summer Time. Fans in the United States can log in to the Croatia vs. England live stream at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time or 10 a.m. Pacific. Fans in India can watch the game live stream at 11:30 p.m. India Standard Time on Saturday.
So far, Croatia has played a gallant, if not dominant tournament. Following a stunning 3-0 thrashing of Lionel Messi and Argentina, Croatia won in back-to-back penalty shootouts over Denmark and host Russia to get to the semifinal, according to 11v11.
But throughout, the team, and in particular captain and Real Madrid star Luka Modric, has needed to shut out the distraction of what appears to be the biggest scandal in the often-sketchy history of Croatian football — a scandal that could see Modric behind bars before the year is out. According to The Guardian, the 32-year-old is alleged to have given false testimony in the corruption trial of former Dynamo Zagreb chief executive Zdravko Mamic. As soon as the World Cup competition ends, Modric will go on trial in his home country on a perjury charge.
Watch a preview of the Croatia vs. England semifinal clash in the video below, courtesy of ESPN FC.
In the U.K., a live stream of the Croatia vs. England 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinal will be carried by ITV and may be accessed inside the U.K. only on the ITV Hub streaming service.
To watch a live stream of what is certain to be a historic Croatia vs. England World Cup semifinal match, use the stream provided by Fox Sports Go. Accessing the Fox Sports Go live stream requires login credentials from a cable or satellite TV provider subscription, however.
To watch the Croatia vs. England 2018 FIFA World Cup showdown live stream for free without a cable subscription, fans may consider signing up for a free trial of a live TV streaming package such as Sling TV, YouTube TV, or DirecTV Now. All three of those “internet TV” services require credit card information and subscription fees, but they all offer seven-day free trial periods. If the subscription is canceled prior to the expiration of that free week, fans can watch the Croatia vs. England match — as well as the weekend World Cup Final and third-place game — streamed live at no charge.
In India, Sony Liv will stream the World Cup match, as will the Jio TV app for fans who want to watch Croatia vs. England on mobile devices. Within Russia, Match TV will show the match via live stream.