Suker tips England to make Euro 2008 finals

November 20, 2007

Croatia great Davor Suker has tipped England to claim the point they need to qualify for Euro 2008.

England must avoid defeat against Croatia tomorrow at Wembley if they are to secure a spot in next year's tournament.

The Croatians have already earned their place in Austria and Switzerland thanks to Israel's 2-1 win over Russia, the result which gave England a lifeline after the Three Lions' chances of reaching the finals appeared to be evaporating.

The 39-year-old, Croatia's record goalscorer, believes England will join his own nation in the tournament.

He told BBC Sport: 'Croatia and England will make it to the championship.

'It's not easy to beat England at Wembley. They've been a little bit up and down this year but that's normal when you have a lot of changes in the dressing room and on the pitch.

'I think England will qualify and be very strong at the finals in Austria and Switzerland.'

Suker, winner of the Golden Boot at the 1998 World Cup, also insists Croatia will present an attacking challenge despite having already qualified.

While England only need a draw they can top Group E if they win by two clear goals.

'No-one in the world would play for a draw, no-one,' Suker insisted. 'Everyone will go out to win the game, it's in their nature.

'Of course a draw is easy for England and easy for Croatia but I think we will have a beautiful game and if it happens to be a draw that's good for both sides.'

Suker, who played in England with Arsenal and West Ham towards the end of his prestigious career, also revealed the magnitude of playing at Wembley to the team.

'It's a very important game for us,' he continued. 'It's not about the points - it's about the history. All sportsmen like to play at Wembley, it's a historic stadium.

'This is what may make it difficult for England, everyone will give 20-30% more.

'As players you know it's at Wembley.

'When you know it's at Wembley you give 130%.'