AN England fan flew a banner over their training base with tactical advice warning most Croatia goals ‘come down the left’.
Gareth Southgate’s side kick off their Euros campaign against Croatia at Wembley tomorrow afternoon.
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And just a day before tournament opener, Southgate and the squad were given a helping hand from outside the camp.
A banner flying over St George’s Park read ‘most #Cro goals come down left’.
The 2018 World Cup finalists often play Bayern Munich’s Ivan Perisic, 32, at left-wing with Borna Barisic, 28, of Rangers at left-back.
Perisic was on the scoresheet in Croatia’s penultimate friendly before delayed European Championships.
He has also featured in their last three matches against England, including the heartbreaking 2-1 semi-final win three years ago in Russia.
Perisic equalised that night in Moscow but the sides have met twice since then, both in the Nations League.
The first, England drew away from home before coming from behind to win 2-1 in the return leg at Wembley.
But revenge will be even sweeter in they inflict an opening day defeat to Croatia on home soil again.
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England are now armed with new talent heading into the Euros, mixed in with the experienced batch who reached a first semis since 1996.
Assistant manager Steve Holland said: “We are now in a different moment.
“We also have a lot of younger players who are coming from our top clubs. I already mentioned the Champions League final.
“The team in Russia was fairly inexperienced. This will be a younger team in terms of actual statistics of age.
“I think the core of that group should be better as a consequence of Russia.
“We have shown great faith in the guys from an early age and the challenge is there for them to make the next step.
“If they can make the next step, there is no reason to believe we should not be in a better position.”