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Live Reporting

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  1. Can England beat Croatia?

    England head coach Michael Skubala has named an experienced Three Lions side who will face a tough test in a double-header against Croatia.

    The Croatians are currently ranked 12th in the world, with England down in 52th place.

    The England senior squad recently suffered defeat in two games against Uefa Euros finalists Poland, losing 3-1 and 5-4 in June.

    England squad: Mark Croft (Guardia Perticara), Dylan Malpas (Birmingham), Jonny Sim (Helvecia), William Wallace (Toulouse), Stuart Cook (Helvecia), Raoni Medina (Helvecia), Richard Ward (Helvecia), James Webb (Reading), Will Rooke (Loughborough), Calvin Dickson (Helvecia), Russell Goldstein (Helvecia), Robbie Bettson (York City), Liam Palfreeman (Falconara), Doug Reed (Dinamo Zagreb), Curtis Mason (Loughborough), Dean Withers (Birmingham).

    England Futsal team
  2. Futsal - fast and tactical

    England head coach Michael Skubala on the differences between futsal and the 11-a-side game

    "At the elite level, tactically it’s quite different. We can make 80 substitutions a game – it’s quite a high level tactically, we can press, so it can change on a knife edge. It’s probably more like a basketball game than football with the tactics going on.

    "Obviously the bit that everyone sees is the close control and the speed of passing. It’s a very physical game - because the court is smaller there’s a lot of blocking. Sometimes you’d think that would be a foul in football but in futsal it’s not.

    "And also the speed of it – in futsal the ball travels six or seven times quicker at the elite level than in football.

    "One mistake can cause a goal. And you’re looking at 40-50 shots a game. Players last for about four to five minutes maximum on court so we play with 14 players and rotate to keep the intensity high."

    England Futsal team
  3. BBC coverage

    BBC Sport will be broadcasting live coverage of both friendlies as England take on Croatia at St George's Park.

    They will be available to watch on Connected TV and online via the BBC Sport website and app.

    If you miss any of the action you can also catch up via the BBC iPlayer.

    Schedule

    Sunday, 23 September

    15:45-18:00 BST, Connected TV, online and app

    Monday, 24 September

    19:40-21:45 BST, Connected TV, online and app

  4. What is Futsal?

    Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small-sided football game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognised by both Uefa and Fifa. The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.

    Futsal ball