Croatia v England: Gareth Southgate on 'strange' experience at HNK Rijeka Stadium

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"We felt a bit disrespected, not appreciated as much as we deserve", said the 33-year-old.

Croatia have been forced to play the game behind closed doors, the second and final match of a UEFA sanction after a swastika was imprinted on the pitch ahead of a Euro 2016 qualifying match against Italy.

"I'm sure Croatia feel the same".

The current season will no doubt be a learning curve for Sessegnon who can be employed at either left back or left wing, and while he's yet to set the top-flight alight this term, a first ever call-up to England's senior team would do his confidence the world of good. For them, not to have the encouragement of what is an incredibly passionate support will be very different for them.

The crowd will be officially registered as zero but there are likely to be about 500 people in the stadium, with about 150 media expected and a maximum of 75 people per team delegation, including the players.

"We have some injury issues", he said.

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Southgate will be without Tottenham left-back Rose and Southampton goalkeeper McCarthy for those games after withdrawing from the squad on Thursday due to the "minor injuries" they arrived with.

Southgate's squad has a youthful look with the inclusion of teenagers such as Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho and Chelsea's Mason Mount, who is on loan at Derby County, plus Leicester City's 21-year-midfielder James Maddison.

Another loss tonight would make Croatia overwhelming favourites to finish bottom of their three-team group and suffer relegation from the Nations League's highest level. But, as a team, we are looking to how we improve and bring younger players into the system. "It was such a big occasion for us as players and the nation, and so hard to take".

"It's not experimentation, it's players we believe in. They didn't show enough appreciation and it gave us extra motivation".

Croatia's starting XI: Livakovic, Jedvaj, Lovren, Vida, Pivaric, Rakitic, Kovacic, Kramaric, Modric, Perisic, Rebic.

He said: "We're here to get a result".

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