England's next match against Croatia will be played behind-closed-doors

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England don’t have long to wait to get revenge on Croatia.

Who cares about reaching the World Cup final when you’ve got the UEFA Nations League to think about?

The new UEFA tournament is a friendly competition consisting of four different leagues made up of four groups.

It begins at the start of next season with England and Croatia finding themselves in the same group, alongside Spain.

The Three Lions will visit Croatia on October 12 and Gareth Southgate will no doubt be keen to right the wrongs from their World Cup semi-final clash.

However, there won’t be anyone to see them do that - at least not in the stadium anyway.

The Croatian Football Federation are still to serve the second game of a two-match punishment imposed by UEFA in 2015.

The penalty was handed by UEFA after a swastika was marked on the pitch before their Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy at Stadin Poljud in Split in June 2015.


They served the first game of the ban in a behind-closed-doors clash against Bulgaria back in October 2015.

And the UEFA Nations League will be the first competitive UEFA fixture since that Bulgaria match.

It would certainly be a massive disappointment for Croatia to be infront of an empty stadium - especially after their World Cup heroics.


Imagine if they beat France in the final and their first home fixture after becoming world champions will be behind-closed-doors.

That would be a real shame.

An empty stadium or a full stadium, though, England will be very keen to get one over Zlatko Dalic’s side.

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