Croatia and AC Milan forward Ante Rebic admits he was ‘SURPRISED’ Gareth Southgate left Fikayo Tomori from his England squad for Euro 2020 after his impressive spell on loan in Italy
Croatian winger Ante Rebic has expressed surprise that Gareth Southgate has not called on Fikayo Tomori for the European Championship.
Rebic’s side is on the lookout for England at Wembley on Sunday and is expected to represent their toughest test in Group D.
The attacker believes his AC Milan team-mate Tomori, who was hired from Chelsea in San Siro, would have offered England a more athletic option at the back.
Croat Ante Rebic was surprised that Fikayo Tomori was not in the English squad for Euro 2020
Rebic believes his AC Milan team-mate would have offered England a more athletic option
“Honestly, I’m a bit surprised because the choice of mid-half makes them all seem to have the same characteristics,” said Rebic.
‘Fik is aggressive and fast. We spoke and he said he didn’t believe he would be called. So I’m a little surprised.’
Croatia arrive at Euro 2020 with lower expectations than three years ago, when Zlatko Dalic led them to a World Cup final at England’s expense.
Key figures, including Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic, have withdrawn their national service amid concerns about a lack of goal threat.
Croatia arrives at Euro 2020 with lower expectations than the World Cup three years ago
Rebic insisted that Croatia’s goal is simply moving forward from the group and that Sunday would set the tone.
“England is definitely a quality team and one of the favorites to win this tournament,” he added. “I don’t think they have any specific weaknesses.
“Wembley might be a bit of an advantage for them, but in the end it won’t have a big impact on the result because the stadium won’t be full.
‘We are used to playing in front of empty stands.’