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Counting down the days

10 November 2016


England and Scotland resume rivalries on Friday evening when the two home nations go head to head at Wembley.

The Group F World Cup qualifier sees the Three Lions out to extend their unbeaten start on the road to Russia 2018, while the Scots need a positive result to climb from the lower half of the table.

Barry Bannan is part of the Scotland squad and the Owls’ midfielder is counting down the days to kick-off.

He said: “It’s a massive, massive game for everybody involved. I’m glad and I’m proud that I’ve been picked to be part of it.

“To play would be one of the greatest moments of my career so far. Growing up as a kid I always wanted to first and foremost represent my country and then to play against England so it would be great to be involved if I can.”




Scotland go into the contest having suffered indifferent results in their last two outings, against Lithuania and Slovakia respectively.

But Bannan believes his side can emerge successfully from Wembley to maintain their own World Cup ambitions.

He added: “I think the group is still poised, everyone is beating everyone at the minute.


“We didn’t have great results in the last two games but I think anything can happen on Friday.




“It’s like a derby, it could go either way, if we get the right result hopefully we’ll be right up there.


“The way it works at the minute when you play each other every now and again, it adds to the tension in the build-up to the game.


“Everybody in our squad wants to get there, we haven’t had great results but we’re still right in there and focusing on getting a positive result.”


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