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Rakitic ruled out of England match and returns to Barcelona

Rakitic ruled out of England match and returns to Barcelona

Meanwhile, England manager Gareth Southgate said his side had improved since losing to Croatia in the World Cup semifinals.

The 18-year-old winger created Trent Alexander-Arnold's goal in the first half and showed no fear as Southgate's side warmed up for Sunday afternoon's Nations League game against Croatia with a comfortable 3-0 win.

Who do you think should replace the Croatian at Barcelona if he misses their matches? "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.

"We've added more depth to the squad, in terms of some more young players emerging, more competition for places".

"I think this is a great squad, with other players who can come in if there are injuries".

For me, the last two months have been really positive.




After playing in 70 matches during the 2017/18 season including those on worldwide duty and in the FIFA World Cup 2018, Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic was expected to have some rest, but it has looked like the 30-year-old and the word "rest" have become anonymous.

'Like I touched on earlier, I think it's important we don't get caught up in anything surrounding the game and just focus on our job and what we need to do.

The England boss explained: 'I think we've proved ourselves across the year to be two of the best teams in the world this year. "Unfortunately, we are going to play without him".

"We've some really good attacking players who are in form and looking forward to it". We've got huge respect for them, their players, their coach, their mentality. "He is a fantastic talent". I'm excited for all of them, I'm excited for England.

"They've already got to a World Cup semi-final, but they can't sit back and be happy about doing what the 1990 team did".

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