Gareth Southgate: 'Croatia will be different to Serbia'

Southgate: 'Croatia will be different to Serbia'
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England Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate is confident that his side will not be subject to the abuse they suffered two years ago in Serbia when they face Croatia.

England Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate is hopeful that his side won't have to endure the same hostile atmosphere they experienced in Serbia when they travel to Croatia.

The Three Lions face Croatia in the second leg of their Euro 2015 qualifying playoff clash on Tuesday.

Southgate is confident that his team won't suffer the racial abuse they experienced when they played in neighbouring Serbia two years ago.

He told reporters: "We have discussed everything that could unfold but I don't think the Croatian people are the same.

"I am expecting a tough test but having worked with a number of Croatians they're a really good people and I have never felt that element within them."

England hold a 2-1 lead going into the match thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Saido Berahino in their win at Molineux.

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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