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England fought back to qualify for the UEFA Championship semifinals as Harry Kane and Jess Lingart scored a 2-1 win over Croatia with a 2-1 win over their defeat at Wembley Sunday November 18).

England faced the fall itself when Croatia's Andrej Kramaric scored after 57 minutes but replaced Lingard and Kane with 77 and 85 minutes in a vociferous Wembley to turn the team into his head.

The side of Gareth Southgate, struck by the Croatian World Cup semifinals in July, dominated for long periods but fell back when Kramaric turned and turned before firing through a diversion of Eric Dier.

However, Lingard knocked home and Kane turned Ben Chilwell's free kick to ensure England ends at the top of a team where all three teams – including Spain that started the first day but finished second – could have appropriate qualifications.

England, which moved to the finals in Portugal in June, finished with seven points, one ahead of Spain and three from Croatia, who were downgraded to the second.

England made eight changes on the side that won the United States in a friendly on Thursday without having a seat in the original set for Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson.

Croatia, meanwhile, was without the official midfielder Ivan Ractic and in his absence, the visitors missed a golden opportunity when Ante Rejic shot with the English gate Jordan Phippard horribly exposed after just two minutes.

As England began to dominate, a nice ball Kane sent Raheem Sterling free, only to Manchester City to shoot directly Croatian keeper Lovre Kalinic while Kane flipped the corner crossing the crossbar.

There was a very vocal conclusion from the Croatian fans in the crowd of 78,000, but they were lucky not to see their side admitting, as Kane refused first of defense Tin Jedvaj and then Kalinic with the visitors fighting to limit her attack England.

Ross Barkley hit the side net shortly before halftime, but after the break was Kramaric, who kept his temper cool before turning Croatia's first shot to the target.

England introduced Dele Alli, Jadon Sancho and Lingard after the goal and their energy proved decisive with Lingard, pushing the house in the 77th minute.

Both sides looked dangerous in a frantic, blood-filled final 15 minutes, but with Wembley flirting them, he was the man of the fight Kane who was about to slip into Chilwell's free kick and seal England's progress.

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