19 min: Perisic cuts in from the left and has a whack, sending a low daisycutter inches wide of the left post. Pickford had it covered, were it on target. It should have been a corner, mind, flicking lightly off Walker’s ankle, but Croatia aren’t getting the decision.
7.18pm BST 19:18
18 min: Rakitic attempts to release Vrsaljko down the right with a raking crossfield pass. It flies into the stand, but so little have Croatia achieved in attack so far, it’s theatrically applauded by his team-mate anyway. Croatia trying to keep their heads up.
7.17pm BST 19:17
16 min: Croatia are struggling to string two passes together right now. Vrsaljko, slightly frustrated, clatters into Kane. Not enough for a booking, but enough for the referee to keep it in mind going forward. “Kids asleep,” reports Calpol and Talisker’s William Davies. “Now what have I missed?”
7.14pm BST 19:14
14 min: England win another corner, Alli slipping a pass wide right for Trippier, who knocks the ball off Strinic. He takes the set piece himself. Maguire wins this one again, but from his position on the penalty spot, sends a downward header wide right. Croatia don’t look comfortable at all. They’re seriously rocking.
7.13pm BST 19:13
12 min: Alli, chasing a loose ball, forces Brozovic into the concession of a corner from 30 yards out. Maguire gets his head on the delivery from the left, but he’s pushing and the referee relieves the pressure on Croatia.
7.12pm BST 19:12
11 min: Maguire and Stones take turns to play loose passes out of defence. In both instances, they’re extremely fortunate not to give up possession and put themselves in bother. England will need to guard against over-confidence.
Harry Maguire of England passes the ball past the outstretched boot of Ante Rebic.
Harry Maguire of England passes the ball past the outstretched boot of Ante Rebic. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA
Updated at 7.20pm BST
7.10pm BST 19:10
9 min: The corner’s no good. It should be easily cleared by Alli, who does clear, but only after nearly passing straight to a black shirt. England skitter upfield at speed again, and Kane very nearly springs Steling clear … but Vrsaljko does enough to get in the road. England are oozing confidence. They’ve sprung out of the blocks magnificently!
7.08pm BST 19:08
8 min: Perisic sends the ball into the England box from the left. Young miscontrols at the far post and concedes a corner. Croatia’s first chance to test England.
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7 min: That’s a sensational strike. Croatia try to strike back immediately, Rebic hooking into the England box from the right. Pickford claims easily, and sets England away on another attack. Sterling skedaddles down the right after a long pass, and very nearly latches onto it, but Subasic is quickly off his line to smother. What a start by England! Whisper it: this is the way champions carry on.
England fans celebrate England’s first goal.
England fans at Hyde Park celebrate England’s first goal. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images