Croatia v England: ‘Why are England fans going to a behind closed doors game they can’t watch?’
By Chris Bevan
From the sectionEngland
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England will face Croatia under the floodlights on Friday night at the 8,279-capacity HNK Rijeka Stadium, which will be empty apart from media, FA delegates, Uefa officials – and the players
Imagine travelling hundreds of miles – and spending hundreds of pounds – on a trip to follow your team, knowing you won’t see them play.
That is the prospect for the England fans trekking across Europe to Friday’s Nations League game with Croatia in Rijeka.
The game is England’s 988th senior international since 1872, and their first to be played behind closed doors, because of Uefa sanctions against the hosts.
It is a rematch of July’s World Cup semi-final, when Croatia’s extra-time victory was watched by more than 78,000 people in Moscow.