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Gareth Southgate expects a ‘hostile environment’ in Montenegro

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England coach Gareth Southgate has warned his players to expect a ‘hostile environment’ in Montenegro on Monday night.

The Three Lions visit Montenegro on Monday night, following the 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic in the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying opener.

Gareth Southgate believes his players should be prepared for a ‘hostile environment’ as the home crowd could give a huge lift to the Montenegro side.

“That is the sort of challenge our players have faced many times before,” Southgate said via BBC.

“I know the passion the supporters have for their country and of course that gives a huge lift to their own team,” Southgate added. “We have to make sure our discipline is right and we focus on what we can affect.

“We are guests here, so we will be very respectful about how we speak about the opposition. Our players have to be prepared for hostile environments, whether it is in England for their clubs or travelling around the world.”

“I have no hesitation in playing them [the young players]. This is part of their education and to be a top team we have got to adapt to every environment we go in to.

“Playing at Wembley is always going to be a different sort of experience to going away from home but the only way they can learn and improve is to go through these experiences.”

Southgate also paid tribute to Jordan Henderson, who is set to make his 50th appearance for the England national team.

“It requires huge commitment to play for England and on a personal level I think Jordan’s qualities as a player have been under-appreciated at times,” said Southgate. “He is so important for us and has been for the last couple of managers.”

“Everybody values his winning mentality. Good players make other players play well. It’s not just about your performance but the impact you have on others and Jordan is a leader.”