A late turnaround noticed England come from behind to beat Croatia 2-1 at Wembley and guarantee progress to the UEFA Nations League semifinals.
England had been themselves dealing with the drop when Croatia’s Andrej Kramaric scored after 57 minutes however substitute Lingard and Kane netted within the 77th and 85th minutes at a vociferous Wembley to flip the group on its head.
Gareth Southgate’s facet, who had been knocked out within the semifinals of the World Cup by Croatia in July, had dominated for giant intervals however fell behind when Kramaric twisted and turned earlier than firing in by way of a deflection off Eric Dier.
But Lingard poked dwelling and Kane transformed Ben Chilwell’s free kick to guarantee England completed prime of a bunch the place all three groups — together with Spain who began the day prime however completed second — might have certified.
England, who progress to the finals in Portugal in June, completed with seven factors, one forward of Spain and three away from Croatia, who had been relegated to the second tier.
England made eight modifications from the facet that beat the USA in a pleasant on Thursday with no place within the beginning lineup for Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson.
Croatia, in the meantime, had been with out influential midfielder Ivan Rakitic, and in his absence the guests missed a golden alternative when Ante Rebic fired over with England keeper Jordan Pickford horribly uncovered after solely two minutes.
As England began to dominate, a high-quality Kane ball despatched Raheem Sterling free, just for the Manchester Metropolis winger to shoot immediately at Croatia keeper Lovre Kalinic whereas Kane spooned the ensuing nook over the crossbar.
There was very vocal contingent of Croatia followers within the 78,000-strong crowd, however they had been fortunate not to see their facet concede as Kane was brilliantly denied first by defender Tin Jedvaj after which Kalinic with the guests struggling to comprise England’s pacy assault.
Ross Barkley volleyed into the facet netting shortly earlier than halftime, but after the break it was Kramaric who saved his composure brilliantly earlier than changing Croatia’s first shot on the right track.
England launched Dele Alli, Jadon Sancho and Lingard after the purpose and their vitality proved decisive with Lingard, poking dwelling within the 77th minute.
Either side appeared harmful in a frantic, full-blooded last 15 minutes however with Wembley roaring them on, it was man-of-the-match Kane who was available to slide in Chilwell’s free kick and seal England’s progress.