England fans to defy Uefa ban to watch Croatia match from hill at corner of stadium

Tonight's Nations League clash is being played behind closed doors after Croatia were hit with a punishment for a string of incidents of crowd trouble and even a swastika being burnt onto a pitch.

Yet around 500 Three Lions supporters are believed to have made the trip out to Rijeka to follow Gareth Southgate's side.

The FA had urged fans not to make the trip with the Stadion HNK Rijeka closed, but scores have defied the advice in order to be close to the players.

Screens have been erected around the pitch in order to prevent supporters watching from outside the perimeter – but vantage points are still available.

And one is an area of wasteland high above one of the corners of the ground, which England fans are intending to occupy.

Though they are far from ideal, the areas do offer good viewing of the pitch from a distance – and the cheering of supporters would easily be heard.

It is also believed that locals living in flats just outside the ground have indicated they would be willing to open their doors to groups of supporters for a price.

Several houses and flats are situated on the hillside the 8,000 capacity ground where the match is being played.

It is the first time the two countries come face to face since the World Cup semi-final in Russia which saw Croatia triumph.

England boss Gareth Southgate has named a young squad for the match, and the match-up with Spain next week, as he looks to build for Euro 2020.

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