Charlie Mulgrew: I never thought I'd play against England
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 12:26
McGhee rates the visitors - who have, among others, Gary Cahill, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy in their squad - highly.
This much-celebrated win for Scotland saw the visiting team subsequently hailed as the Wembley Wizards.
"I was on a bus, I had just finished training and the game was on the radio".
England assistant manager Steve Holland hinted at Cahill not being skipper after playing down his role as captain with the Blues. We aren't kidding ourselves, we know how hard it is going to be.
"We were all England fans growing up and we all know what it meant".
However, the 30-year-old will play no part after picking up a knock during training on Tuesday. He is very approachable and we have had a lot of conversations in and around the camp.
"Even though I wouldn't have admitted it at the time, I'm better prepared now to play".
But with the Tartan Army knowing a win is vital to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation, he is remaining confident.
The obvious caveat to such an impressive statistic is that solidity has disappeared when it mattered during the European Championships last summer. You can't just pick out one to stop. There is definitely space to improve.
He believes that overcoming them will be as good a result as the famous 1-1 draw with Wales in Cardiff in 1985 - a result which helped Scotland reach Mexico '86. "It's a different motivation for us". We want to win it. James commented after the game: "We could have had 10".
Scotland and Celtic midfielder Scott Brown insists he has nothing to prove against England when the two sides meet on Saturday in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.
"One of these days they are going to be a great team and we have to guard against it being on Saturday". When it's a must-win like the last one was, there is an extra bit of nerves or an extra bit of excitement.
"England have great players, really top players", he said.
He missed out on last November's World Cup qualifier at Wembley, however, when he failed to even make the bench after being called into Strachan's squad as a late replacement.
This provides a welcome opportunity to put such a painful experience behind him.
"It's something I've grown up thinking about, playing in these types of games, I'm sure everyone in the squad has as well". He (Southgate) is trying to mould them into the great team and realise the potential they have in them.
The first and only match between the sides at a major tournament took place at Euro '96 with England as hosts.
"I love these games because the atmosphere is something special". There's Sterling, there's so many of them.