Rakitic ruled out of Croatia's crucial clash with England at Wembley

Luis Enrique speaks during a press conference at the Maksimir stadium

Luis Enrique speaks during a press conference at the Maksimir stadium in Zagreb AFP

Spain could have secured first place in its last Nations League match but fell 3-2 to England, with Raheem Sterling scoring two goals for the Three Lions in the win.

"I am sure we have it in us to beat England", Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said. The winners of each of the four groups in League A advance to the final four of the competition.

"He will go to Barcelona, it's a serious injury".

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"In a unusual way, the game against Spain will give them more confidence than the World Cup, because it's a massive result to win away in Spain", he added.

Barcelona midfielder Sergi Busquets admitted frustration after Spain's 3-2 defeat to Croatia.

"It is unprecedented that you come off the back of a major tournament and have so many strong tests in such a short period".

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They started very strongly, we had a few problems in the first half, in the opening minutes. Semi-finals will be played before the UEFA Nations League final. "The group was very hard, with two of the best national teams in the world". They have the potential to go further and I know from the mentality of the players, even though they are young, the mentality is right.

"At the moment, Croatia have that advantage that they beat us in extra-time in the semi-final. Unfortunately, we are going to play without him".

"I think we've learned with every experience that we've had", he said. England can avoid relegation with a draw or three points. He is the one that comes out and looks to draw the centre-forward in so he can then release someone else. We've had a slight change of system, which has also had something different, so we have some flexibility in how we can play, so we're always improving. That's why there was a little bit of a comedown.

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