Kane’s late goal sends England to UEFA Nations League semis

Author: George Ernest Asare
Harry Kane

England on Sunday came from behind to beat Croatia 2-1 at Wembley to qualify for the UEFA Nations League semi-finals .

Two goals in the final 12 minutes from Jesse Lingard (78) and skipper  Harry  Kane (85) sparked scenes of wild celebrations at Wembley as Gareth Southgate's men relegated their World Cup semi-final opponents.

After Lingard cancelled Croatia’s Andrej Kramaric 57th minute opener in the 78th minute, Kane made his presence felt in the match with an 85th minute stunner to  bring Wembley alive

Prior to the late two goals, England were staring relegation in the face, following Andrej Kramaric goal scored  after England who had dominated play failed to convert many of the chances created .

England dominated the early exchanges, but  had a  scare on three minutes when Jordan Pickford was charged down while clearing a Fabian Delph back pass.

It presented opportunity for Ante Rebic with an opening goal, but the Croatia forward blazed over from 18 yards.

Raheem Sterling's near post drive was tipped behind by the Croatia goalkeeper on 12 minutes, and, from the resulting corner, John Stones' flick fell for Kane, but he fired over from three yards.

England made three changes to the side that beat Spain in Seville as Manchester City trio of Kyle Walker, John Stones and Fabian Delph started.

 England paid the price for the numerous missed chances  in the first half as, within 12 minutes of the restart when Nikola Vlasic's cut back found Kramaric, who swerved one way and then the other before firing a shot into Pickford's top-right corner  to break the deadlock.

The defeat  was Croatia's first against England since September 2009, when they lost 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley.
Harry Kane’s goal against Croatia  ended a run of 747 minutes without an England goal.