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Saido Berahino: 'We are prepared for atmosphere'

England Under-21s striker Saido Berahino reveals that his side have prepared for a hostile reception in their playoff clash against Croatia on Tuesday.

England Under-21s striker Saido Berahino has revealed that he and his teammates are prepared for a hostile atmosphere in the second leg of their Euro 2015 qualifying playoff game against Croatia.

Two years ago, several Three Lions players were subjected to racial abuse in neighbouring Serbia, while Croatia also has a history of such behaviour against Italy's Mario Balotelli.

Berahino has admitted that his side are only focused on the game, but will let the officials handle the matter of abuse should it arise.

He told reporters: "We won't worry about it until it happens. If it does happen we have had discussions and we know how to deal with it.

"We are just going to let the referee handle it, and we are not going to get involved in any of it. That is how we will qualify.

"It will be a time for cool heads. We can't go out there panicking."

Gareth Southgate's side hold a 2-1 lead in the tie after goals from Berahino and Harry Kane fired them to victory at Molineux.

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Saido Berahino of England runs away to celebrate after scoring his teams second goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA U21 Championship Playoff First Leg match between England and Croatia at Molineux on October 10, 2014
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