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Counting down the days

8 June 2017

Barry Bannan is acutely aware of the challenge awaiting Scotland when they go head to head with international neighbours England on Saturday.

But the Owls’ midfielder insists the Scots have the capability to upset both the odds and the form book at Hampden Park in the World Cup Group F qualifier.

Bannan said: “England are a young team and there is no getting away from it that they are a good, good side.

“But we are also a good team and we have to find that balance of showing them respect but not too much that you freeze on the day.

“We will try to concentrate on what we are good at and hopefully show what we are capable of.

“It is a derby game so anything can happen.”

Bannan is hoping to post his 25th cap for Scotland and is counting down the days to kick-off north of the border.

Scotland head into the game six points shy of the Three Lions, knowing only a win will realistically suffice if they are to catch Gareth Southgate’s side.

He added: “You grow up wanting to play in games like this.

“It’s going be a massive game and it is one I’m looking forward to.”


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