England players relax with a walk in before Nations League clash with Croatia… while hardy fans (who cannot even get into the stadium) gather in Rijeka city centre
Matthew Smith For Mailonline
If they are desperate for revenge on the team that ended their World Cup dreams, England’s players managed not to show it hours before the game.
Gareth Southgate’s men play Croatia in Rijeka on Friday night in a UEFA Nations League clash, months after they met in the semi-finals in Russia.
Croatia won 2-1 in Moscow, but England could get one back on their opponents, and took a head-clearing walk near the sea on the afternoon before the game.
England’s players relaxed with a walk in before their Nations League clash with Croatia
The squad took in the scenic views from the hotel in the coastal city of Rijeka on Friday
Despite the relaxation, England are out for revenge on those who ended the World Cup dream
The likes of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and forward Raheem Sterling looked relaxed as they chatted and walked in the sunshine around the scenic coastal city.
The players also took in the panoramic views from the roof of their hotel in Novi Vinodolski, while Southgate talked with his captain, Harry Kane, ahead of the game.
While they did so, plenty of England fans were gathering in Rijeka city centre – despite the fact that they won’t be able to get into the stadium.
Croatia are serving the second match in a two-game ban imposed after a swastika was etched into the pitch before a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.
England fans were therefore advised not to travel – however there were plenty of national flags on display, and many will look to get a view of the game from hills overlooking the ground.
More to follow.
Eric Dier, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson lead the group on their walk
The players may have been mulling over memories of their 2-1 loss to Croatia in Moscow
England manager Gareth Southgate chats with his captain, Harry Kane, ahead of the game
Meanwhile hardy fans (who cannot even get into the stadium) gathered in Rijeka city centre
Despite no fans being admitted, groups of England supporters had traveled to Croatia
A group of proud Stoke City and England supporters show off their colours in Rijeka