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Gareth Southgate urges side to keep composure

England Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate urges his side to keep their composure for their playoff clash against Croatia.

England Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate has warned his side not to lose their heads like Wigan Warriors' Ben Flower when they play their Euro 2015 qualifying playoff clash against Croatia.

Flower was dismissed two minutes into the start of the Super League Grand Final, which contributed to his side's defeat to St Helens at Old Trafford.

Southgate has urged his side to learn from that example when they face Croatia in the second leg of their matchup.

He told reporters: "We can't afford to get drawn into any of that. The Rugby League on Saturday was a classic example why. You have to rise to the challenge physically – we are not here to be pushed over – but you have to keep a cool head.

"We have walked into this town to do a job and that has to remain our priority over everything else. Whatever happens in the game we have to make sure we are capable of dealing with it with 11 players on the pitch."

England take a 2-1 lead into their clash later today in Vinkovci.

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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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