Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole were verbally abused and targeted with missiles when England travelled to Podgorica for a World Cup qualifier in 2013 and a similarly tough atmosphere is expected.
But Southgate said his youngsters were ready for any challenge they may face. “This is part of their education and to be a top team we’ve got to adapt to every environment we go into,” he said on Sunday night.
“Friday at Wembley is always a different experience to going away from home in a qualifier, which is always difficult. But the only way the team can learn and improve is by going through these experiences.”
Midfielder Jordan Henderson echoed his manager’s sentiment: “I think the gaffer is right. It’s part of the experiences you have becoming a footballer, playing in hostile environments.
“A lot will have played in those kind of environments anyway. It’s about concentration on what’s important, working hard together and putting on a performance to get the right result.”
Henderson also shrugged off the potential milestone of achieving his 50th England cap in the match.
He said: “I’m proud to play for my country but the type of person I am, I’ll not really think about it too much.
“Maybe I’ll think about it when I finish my career but at the moment I just want to concentrate on doing the best for my team.
“When I finish my career or my England career, then I can look back and decide if it was good or not.”
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