Croatia coach Slaven Bilic believes he has identified flaws in the way England play under Fabio Capello.
Bilic thinks that the introduction of the Italian to the England side has led to a change of style, and despite losing 4-1 at home to Capello’s side last year, he does not feel it is for the better.
He said: “They are a very different team. They have some advantages but they are also missing something from their game. They are missing some Englishness, some of the things that have always made England teams difficult to defend against and play against.
“All I will say is that they are definitely missing something and we know what it is. But of course I am not going to tell you now what it is. It is our secret.”
Bilic also suggested that the 3-2 victory his side enjoyed on their last visit to Wembley, in November 2007 when they eliminated Steve McClaren’s side from Euro 2008, may play on England’s minds on Wednesday.
“The scar for them is there,” he said, “but unfortunately I can’t count on that. There is not a fear of Croatia. We did not beat them 10 times in a row but, having said that, we are the only team in the world to have done it twice. We did it one after the other and that’s important.”