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How to watch Croatia vs England on TV and online: 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final date, venue, squads, broadcast information

England take on Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals. (Photo: Sefa Karacan/Getty Images)
10th July, 2018

Is the World Cup actually coming home? Find out when Croatia and England battle for a spot in the final. The game will be played at Luzhniki Stadium, with kick-off advertised for a 4am (AEST) start on Thursday, July 12.

Thursday morning’s victor will progress to take on either France or Belgium in this year’s final. This is The Roar’s guide to the clash, where you will find all the information you need to know, including the start time and broadcast information.

Earlier in the week, videos emerged of the Three Lions faithful celebrating in (and trashing) IKEA stores across the country. It is unclear who will be the target if England trump Croatia, yet what is certain is that delirium is once again guaranteed.

England progressed through to the Round of 16 after winning two of their three group stage games, including a 6-1 defeat of Panama. Wins over Colombia and Sweden have seen them qualify for their first semi-final since 1990.

Croatia are currently undefeated in this year’s tournament, having won all three of the group stage matches by a combined total of seven goals to one. They haven’t had it as easy in the playoffs, with both their games against Denmark and Russia being decided by a penalty shootout.

Broadcast information

If you want to see whether the World Cup is in fact coming home, you can catch live coverage of the game on SBS, with the broadcast beginning at 3am (AEST). The game itself will kick off at 4am.

Free-to-air viewers can catch the game in both high and standard definition, on Channels 30 and 31 respectively. Foxtel subscribers can also enjoy the match on Channels 228 and 104 respectively.

If you would like to watch the game online, you can use the World Game website or application.


The other alternative if you wish to tune in to the match online is through Optus Sport. This online service costs $15, unless you are already an Optus customer, in which case you can use it for free.

Key game information: Croatia vs England

Date: Thursday, July 12 (Aus)
Kick-off time: 4am (AEST)
Venue: Luzhniki Stadium
TV: Live, SBS
Online: Live, The World Game (SBS)
Betting: England $2.30, Draw $3.20, Croatia $3.40
Overall record: 7 played; England 4 wins, Croatia 2 wins, 1 draw
Referee: TBA

Croatia (squad)
Dominik Livaković, Šime Vrsaljko, Ivan Strinić, Ivan Perišić, Vedran Ćorluka, Dejan Lovren, Ivan Rakitić, Mateo Kovačić, Andrej Kramarić, Luka Modrić (captain), Marcelo Brozović, Lovre Kalinić, Tin Jedvaj, Filip Bradarić, Duje Ćaleta-Car, Nikola Kalinić, Mario Mandžukić, Ante Rebić, Milan Badelj, Marko Pjaca, Domagoj Vida, Josip Pivarić, Danijel Subašić.

England (squad)
Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Harry Kane (captain), Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck.

Here at The Roar, we have you covered with our dedicated live blog and highlights of the game after the final whistle is blown.