England vs Croatia Euro LIVE Football Score 13 June 2021
Croatia’s Bruno Petkovic has declared his ambition to recreate his “most beautiful” moment this Sunday – by inflicting fresh misery on England’s Harry Kane.
Petkovic featured in the Dinamo Zagreb frontline that secured a 3-0 second leg victory that dumped Kane’s Tottenham out of the Europa League in March.
A season low-point for Spurs marked the beginning of the end for Jose Mourinho and left Kane planning his future away from the club.
Now Petkovic is hopeful that Dinamo’s stunning win can inspire a carbon copy during Croatia’s opening Euro 2020 Group D clash at Wembley on Sunday.
“I’d love to get one over Harry again, it’d be great if we could pull it off at national team level too,” said the 26-year-old striker, who rated the match in March as “the most beautiful” of his career.
Kane, the England captain, missed a string of chances in that game, and Petkovic, speaking in Croatia’s coastal training base of Rovinj, added: “I have very fond memories of that night as it was one of the brightest moments of my club career.”
Petkovic has big boots to fill after Mario Mandzukic retired from international football following Croatia’s runners-up finish in the 2018 World Cup. Criticised by domestic pundits for a series of goal-shy appearances, Petkovic says he is unfazed. “I’ve had a barren run but I believe that I am capable of playing well at Euro 2020,” he added.
“A responsibility rests on my shoulders, of course, but turning that into relentless pressure or stage fright will do no good. We are aware of England’s roster and that every player on their team has a worthy substitute as they all play at top European clubs… we are not focusing on any individual in particular as England have a squad full of outstanding players, but we’re also confident in our own ability.”