England fans told to expect X-rated language in Croatia game with clash to be played behind closed doors

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GARETH SOUTHGATE has told TV viewers to expect X-rated language in tonight’s Nations League clash with Croatia.


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The England manager warned Sky Sports to be careful where they put microphones, with fans banned from Rijeka’s HNK Stadium.


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Gareth Southgate has urged England's players to mind their fruity language and advised Sky Sports to be careful where they place microphones
Gareth Southgate has urged England’s players to mind their fruity language and advised Sky Sports to be careful where they place microphones
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England's players have been looking around the small stadium in Rijeka ahead of their Nations League clash
England’s players have been looking around the small stadium in Rijeka ahead of their Nations League clash
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And Southgate has also urged his players to try to avoid using extremely offensive swear words.

He said: “We’ve spent two years encouraging them to speak, so to stop them from speaking now could be slightly against what we’ve been working on.

“It’s for the television companies to decide where they put their microphones.


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“It’s something we can’t prepare for.”


Southgate checks out the dugouts at the stadium where England will face Croatia
Southgate checks out the dugouts at the stadium where England will face Croatia
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Croatia trained in the ground on Thursday
Croatia trained in the ground on Thursday
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England face Croatia just months after their World Cup semi-final, where the Three Lions were beaten after being 1-0 ahead
England face Croatia just months after their World Cup semi-final, where the Three Lions were beaten after being 1-0 ahead
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Croatia were handed a two-game fan ban after an image of a swastika appeared on their pitch before a Euro 2016 qualifier.

Southgate added: “It will be a strange experience.

“We do it every day of our lives, training in front of a handful of people watching, so it’s not totally unique.

“But in a match situation it’s different. For our travelling fans, who were brilliant for us all summer and many of whom haven’t missed an England game for years, it’s unfortunate.”

Southgate, who also has a game in Spain on Monday, has been hit by injuries to Luke Shaw, Danny Rose, Danny Welbeck and Alex McCarthy.

They have all returned to their clubs.