Fires still burn for England and Scotland

Gordon Strachan watches his players during training. "Qualifying for Russian Federation and achieving something out there".

The odds are stacked high.

He said: "The enthusiasm the players have had and the time they've put in this week.they're ready, they're ready for the game, physically and mentally". Strachan has a squad from the lower reaches of the top flight and the English Championship, bolstered by six of Celtic's treble winners.

With just five wins in the fixtures since 1970, Strachan's side are significant underdogs.

"The boss wants leaders in the group". He said: "This is the time for Scotland to stand up and be counted". While Forrest, having fallen out of Rodgers' line-up of late, seems unlikely to start the return meeting with England on Saturday, it would be a major surprise if the remaining five were not retained.

"We want the supporters to get behind us in the best possible way".

"He has got huge belief in himself, he's always had that".

Victory would elevate the Scots back into the reckoning for qualification from Group F after a disastrous start to the bid to reach Russian Federation.

England visit Hampden today defending an eight-year undefeated record in qualifiers since they lost in Ukraine.

ANDY WALKER is convinced Scotland will create plenty of chances against England - but admits they will have to be "ruthless" and "clinical" to see off the Auld Enemy.

Gareth Southgate took his England squad to a Royal Marines boot camp this week as preparation for the trip north of the border.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says the days when getting physical against old rivals England was a worthwhile strategy are over and his side must "think" their way to victory.

"There is absolutely no reason why that is not possible". Kane can score as many goals as he wants, but it'll only take him to the outside looking in unless he can cap his wonderful performances with silverware. The last World Cup with the participation of Scotland was in 1998, but even there the "tartan army" stopped at the group stage.

"It's just so important that we're ruthless and we're clinical, and we take a chance when it comes along - and we've certainly got a goal threat". The Three Lions are undefeated in the qualifiers and are coming off consecutive victories over Lithuania, 2-0 and a 3-0 win over Scotland at home. The 29-year-old, who made his way in the game at Southampton when Gordon Strachan was manager, will always be grateful to current Parkhead manager Brendan Rodgers for handing him his big break when he paid £25m in the summer of 2014 to take him from St Mary's.

"I think we performed very well that night at Wembley", insisted Bannan. In truth, this nearly goes without saying, but for Kane to continue to stay relevant internationally and to challenge for the Ballon d'Or, he needs to be maintaining his phenomenal goal-scoring record.

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