England players and fans soak up Croatian sun ahead of Nations League clash

As the England team took a relaxing stroll ahead of their Nations League clash with Croatia, the Three Lions fans made full use of the bars and cafes in Rijeka.

On Friday night Gareth Southgate’s men take on the nation who disposed of them in the World Cup semi-final this summer, and they’re out for revenge.

England fans have travelled to Croatia despite the fact they will not be allowed inside the Stadion HNK Rijeka for the fixture.

Croatia are serving a two-match stadium ban after a swastika was etched into the grass of their national pitch before a match back in 2016.

Three Lions supporters, who were advised by the FA not to jet out to Croatia, are hoping to watch the match from the hills that overlook the ground.

"It is a shame for the travelling fans and those who have not missed a game for decades," said Southgate in a press conference ahead of the match.

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"We do it every day of our lives – playing football in front of a handful of people watching – so it’s not totally unique, but in a match situation it’s different.

"I’m sure Croatia feel the same. They’d like to have the encouragement of an incredibly passionate support."

The England team were photographed taking a stroll around the coastal city of Rijeka on Friday, as they chatted and relaxed ahead of the game.

The players are staying in a hotel in Novi Vinodolski, and were also pictured enjoying the breathtaking views from the pool area.

What’s your prediction for this one?


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